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As the culmination of a five-day “week of prayer,” the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance last Thursday sponsored a prayer breakfast at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.
The speaker for the event, which was held on the National Day of Prayer, was the Rev. Doug Newton, pastor of Greenville Free Methodist Church.
His talk was based on the biblical account of Jesus changing water into wine in the Gospel of John.
“Jesus changed the molecular structure of the water when he changed it into wine,” Newton said. “It was a miracle of transformation. Jesus created the transformation, but there was a human element in the story, too.”
Newton said that the water that later was to be changed into wine was stored in six large ceramic pots. Filling those pots was a major task, and one that required servants to make dozens of trips to a well.
“What got changed in those pots depended on how much was brought to him,” Newton said. “Are you filling the water pots in your life with prayer? Jesus will transform what you bring to him through prayer. We must learn the habit of daily filling those water pots in our lives.”
In addition to Newton, the program included a musical number by Christi Smith.
Kevin Childers served as emcee, and the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett (chairman of the event), the Rev. Carl Rhodes, the Rev. John Glennon and the Rev. Robert Francisco all participated in the breakfast.