Day of Prayer

by Jill MacKinney '05

"Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop - thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."
-Mark 4:18-20

On July 1, Azusa Pacific University employees gathered in the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center for the third annual campus-wide Day of Prayer. This event, held on the first day of the fiscal year, helps to refocus and refresh the university's mission of God First.

In his 2001-2002 Inaugural Address, university president Jon R. Wallace, DBA, initiated this tradition "as an act of obedience, and to continue to recognize the importance of God’s grace and providence in all we do at APU."

The theme for this year’s Day of Prayer was What Can I Give? Participants were encouraged to give all that they have to serve God, holding nothing back. The day consisted of community worship sessions, along with talks from Ben White Jr., M.A., director of human resources, and President Wallace. In keeping with one of the major focuses of the day, an introspective look, a block of time was set aside for individual prayer and reflection. Following a barbecue lunch, the afternoon served as a time for community discussion and communion.