HPU’s 48th annual Community Prayer Breakfast welcomed 800 community members to kick off the beginning of the Christmas season.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 7, 2018 – High Point University’s 48th Annual Prayer Breakfast rang in the Christmas season with 800 community members.
“This is a God, family and country school, and among our values are faith and joy and fellowship. That’s why we’re here this morning,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “This is a school that will not hide from the fact that we are connected to the United Methodist Church, that we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is the birth of Christ that we are celebrating at Christmas.”
The Rev. Dr. Robert Norris, pastor and head of staff at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, delivered a message about finding love this Christmas season by acknowledging the birth of Christ as a universal story for all.
“We hear this story, and somehow by hearing the story, we experience the story because the story engages us,” said Norris. “It’s a universal story which people of strong faith or little faith or even people of no faith are drawn to and somehow can understand that whatever level of faith they can offer, it’s a story about what God is like. It’s not the story of how God’s love came to somebody else, but it’s about how love came to all stages and phases and avenues of life through the human birth and a mother’s love.”
For the 800 community members who attended, the breakfast provided an opportunity to begin the holiday season and fellowship with one another.
The university fed the community as the HPU Chapel Choir, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Doebler, assistant director of choral activities, Jamestown UMC, Calvary Baptist and Williams Memorial treated the audience with Christmas music. Special music was performed by HPU’s Dr. Marc Foster, department of music chair, who sang “O Holy Night.”
The Rev. Jessie Keaton, a former minister, has attended HPU’s Community Prayer Breakfast for the past three years because of the joy it brings her.
“It makes me feel the joy of Christmas,” said Keaton. “It really brings home the joy of being with people in such a way that you want to share good news and cheer and be happy and joyful. It’s a wonderful time and I enjoy everything that’s done. The music, speaking and beauty of everything is just awesome. I could come here year after year and never get tired.”
HPU’s Community Prayer breakfast is supported by the Haggai Prayer Breakfast Fund, Smith and Jennings, Johnson’s Modern Electric, Fence Builders Inc. and Digger Enterprises.