Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast: Faith Leads to Service

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Lance Cpl. Adrian Tavera Rojas, left, and Pfc. Jordan Muehr, of the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, stationed at Camp Pendleton, prayed with the nearly 300 gathered at the Community Center Tuesday morning for the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

by Stacie N. Galang
Communities need religious institutions to minister to the less fortunate, said the Rev. Jack Sewell during his keynote address at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Tuesday at the city’s Community Center.

The event, hosted by the San Clemente Kiwanis Club and the Pastor’s Fellowship of South Orange County, drew about 300, including civic and religious leaders. All told, eight faith leaders from across the city prayed, shared or read scripture.

Throughout the two-hour long breakfast event, the group bowed to pray for the city, its youth, its leaders and its future. San Clemente High’s Madrigal choir also serenaded the group with two songs.

The prayer breakfast also brought Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton.

Sewell, also a U.S. Air Force chaplain, likened the role of faith leaders to scene from A Few Good Men where Jack Nicholson’s character Col. Nathan Jessup says the world wants and needs men like him protecting their walls.

“The world wants us on that street corner,” Sewell said, adapting the line to the occasion. “The world needs us on that street corner.”

The Catholic pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church said he had asked his bishop on two occasions to become an Air Force chaplain, but the answer had been no.

“God answers all our prayers and sometimes the answer is no,” Sewell said.

But stuck in a line at a diocesan religious event, the priest struck up a conversation with a stranger who happened to be the Air Force Reserves chaplain recruiter.

In closing the event, Pastor Ron Sukut of Cornerstone Community told the group to be a light in their community.


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