Fred Barnes to address Salisbury Prayer Breakfast

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and nationally recognized news commentator, will address the fifth annual Salisbury Area National Day of Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 7,  in the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Known for his sharp wit and political savvy, Barnes appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He previously co hosted “The Beltway Boys,” and was senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic.

He has written for numerous publications including Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Washingtonian, The Public Interest, Policy Review, and The Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times of London. He also penned Rebel in Chief, a biography of President George W. Bush, and has appeared on “Nightline,” “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Barnes is a board member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He and his wife, Barbara, became committed Christians in 1980.

“Our lives changed dramatically for the better,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed writing and television enormously, but they are secondary to family and faith in Christ.”

The Salisbury breakfast on the National Day of Prayer (NDP) is organized by a committee of community leaders co chaired by Bonnie Luna and Jack Savage. Established to revive the tradition of a regional prayer breakfast on the Lower Shore, it is ecumenical and “message centered,” followed at noon by a “prayer centered” NDP observance in front of the Government Office Building on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza. “Our goal is to fill the Downtown Plaza with people from Delmarva and pray for our nation,” said Luna.

“We are very fortunate to have a speaker of Mr. Barnes’ caliber,” Luna continued. “This is the one anchor in the community that brings the Body of Christ together.”

Doors at the civic center open at 6:30. At that time, a community prayer time will be conducted before the breakfast. The public is invited to join local pastors to pray for the city, region and country. The breakfast program begins at 7:20.

The theme of the 64th annual National Day of Prayer is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” taken from I Kings 8:28 and emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator. Around the nation, millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of NDP events.

Prayer is “the antidote for this anxious age,” according to NDP Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson. Adds 2015 Honorary Chairman Dr. Jack Graham, “It is a power to overcome any trial, any difficulty, and any challenge. It’s a power that can change our nation, and our world!”

Tickets for the prayer breakfast are $20, available in Salisbury at The Country House, or by mail. Make checks payable to Salisbury Area Prayer Breakfast Committee, P.O. Box 521, Salisbury, MD 21803. Tables for eight can be reserved by calling Ted Evans at 410-430-4189.

Members of the Salisbury NDP Breakfast Committee are Ron and Kathy Alessi, Brenda Allen, Vickie Ashby, Tina Bradford, Helen Chamblin, Ted Evans, LaRaeu Franklin, Don Hackett, Ethel Hines, Jackie Lisjuan, Bonnie Luna, Peggy Palmer, Jack and Ruth Ann Savage, Randy and Barbara Walter.

For more information, contact Jack Savage at 410-749-4208.

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