City comes together in prayer

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Captain Scott Norman was the keynote speaker at the City of Joondalup’s 2018 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast held  at Joondalup Resort’s Lakeview Ballroom on Wednesday 31 October.

About 160 Civic and Christian leaders and local school students came together to pray for the City and its community of 161,000 residents.

This year’s breakfast theme was ‘Ambassadors of Change’.

Captain Norman, the Heathridge Salvation Army Corps Officer/Australian Army Cadets – Western Australia/Western Australian University Regiment Chaplain, spoke about what it means to be a Christian in today’s society.

At a time when statistics indicate religion in Australia has become less popular, Captain Norman said there was a heightened sense of spirituality in the modern world; a time when faith and prayer and putting OTHERS over SELF was never more important.

Captain Norman said modern churches needed to adapt and change with the times to become ‘Churches of the 21st Century.’

His speech also touched on the importance of faith, resilience and how everyone could play a role in making society a better place for all by becoming an ‘Ambassador of Change’.

It was the first time that Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob hosted the annual breakfast and he spoke about the importance that faith plays in his own life and in the lives of many residents of the City of Joondalup.

“Joondalup is a very diverse community and one which has always welcomed people from all backgrounds and walks of life,” he said.

“Successful churches and strong civic leadership are integral parts of creating an engaged and connected society like ours.

“The clear message from the breakfast this year is that if we aspire to be ambassadors for change in our communities we must first of all be focused toward the needs of others and, secondly, actively look for ways to work together with others, combining our abilities to deliver the changes we hope to see.

“We all have the power to make positive change. Joondalup is a City that prides itself on looking after our own. An impressive 19.5% of City residents volunteer their time in some capacity, which is almost 2% more than the greater Perth area.

“Let’s continue to work together for the good of our City and its residents. Let today’s prayers lead to a better future.”

Prayers and readings on behalf of the community were delivered by John Hollywood, Snr Pastor Mark Parson, Cecylia Jacob, Snr Minister Gordon Killow, Margaret Fullelove, Father Onesimo Yugusuk, Daryl Pollard and Snr Pastor Dean Groetzinger.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Lake Joondalup Baptist College Swing Band.The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast raised funds for the Salvation Army.