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2017 Mayors Prayers Breakfast

The 14th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church, brought together some 180 business leaders, citizens and pastors from Opelika. Through prayer and worship, the group heard a message of inspiration and hope.

The breakfast, organized by Lucinda Cannon, Carole Smith,Barbara Arrington and Leigh Krehling, started with a prelude from Brandon Morgan, Director of Veterinary Admissions and Recruitment at Tuskegee University. The invocation was delivered by City Councilman David Canon, Ward 5. Special music, “How Great Is Our God,” was presented by Morgan and Mayor Fuller followed with a warm welcome.

Andre Marcus of EAMC and 20 Under 40 lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the congregation sand “America the Beautiful”. Rev.Noah Kiser, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Opelika led the prayer over the city. Vertrina Grubbs of Southern Union State Community College and 20 Under 40 read from the scripture Romans 15:5-7.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

And, Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor of First United Methodist Church, brought the crowd to a big applause with her “Believe Like Giants”sermon. Through her personal experience of her oldest daughter being born on September 11, 2001, she learned that we MUST BELIEVE LIKE GIANTS not just in the worst of times but also in the best of times. She encouraged everyone to go out and be good Christians and share the word in the good and bad, and through fear and joy. Everyone left feeling empowered to make a difference in a world that has become uncertain and unstable.

The morning closed with a beautifully composed “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” by Morgan and benediction from Ross Fulford of Hull Properties.   


Councilman David Canon                 Brandon Morgan



Rev. Robin Wilson, First United Methodist Church