People of many faiths came together in Davie, Plantation and Hollywood to observe the National Day of Prayer.
"This is a great event where we celebrate the freedom we have in the United States to be able to pray," Andy Fernandez, executive director of Firewall Ministries in Davie, told about 400 people at the Southwest Broward Christian Fellowship eighth annual Prayer Breakfast at the Signature Grand.
The event featured a variety of Christian entertainment. A group from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Davie sang God Bless the USA, and Jacob Smitter, who directs the church's Praise Choir, sang We Remain.
Prayers were led by various church and community leaders, including Pastor John Barham of New Horizon Methodist Church, Marilyn Luschen of Intercessors International, Greg Savitt of Jews for Jesus, Pastor Dennis DeCosta of Sheridan House Family Ministries, Angel Hamilton of the Liberty Life Center, and Davie Mayor Tom Truex. The Rev. Rick Braswell, chaplain for the Broward Sheriff's Office, offered a special prayer for the military, police and fire departments.
"Prayer is what moves God's hand," said Linda Owen, executive director of the Southwest Broward Christian Fellowship. "There is power in unity. When we are on the same page, we can move mountains with our faith."
In Plantation, about 230 people attended the Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, which was presented by the Plantation Clergy Association and the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce.
"We had a lot of singing and each house of worship in Plantation had a part of the program," said Siobhan Edwards, president of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce. "Each house of worship expressed their personal philosophy through song and music."
Participants included: the Rev. Robert Deshaies of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, Plantation Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong, the Rev. David Massey of Plantation Presbyterian, Edward Maline of Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, Cantor Sharon Hordes, Rabbi Andrew Jacobs of Ramat Shalom Synagogue, the Rev. Edwin Nicklas of Our Savior Lutheran Church, and the Rev. Robert Tenglin of Covenant Village. Raid Khan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida offered a Prayer in Islam Through Song. And a benediction was given by Monsignor Noel Fogarty of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.