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By Mona Shadia | May 6, 2010
Community members gathered at the footsteps of the Costa Mesa City Hall on Thursday to join in the National Day of Prayer. Eloise Ott of Praise Jam, a local musical group, played patriotic songs and encouraged everyone to sing along. “We invite people to bring their beach towels, their food and whatever they want to come here and enjoy this gorgeous day ...,” she said before the midday event. Most of those who gathered to pray for their country were Christian.
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November 25, 2009
Muslims in Orange County and throughout the world will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and the celebration of “Eid ul-Adha,” or “festival of sacrifice” on Friday. The holiday commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command and it is celebrated with prayers, gifts to children, distribution of meat to the needy and social gatherings. The communal prayer will be held Friday morning at local mosques.
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November 22, 2013
Various Christian groups are meeting Sunday to discuss and pray for immigration reform, according to a news release. They are hoping for changes that reflect "biblical values, including family unity and the God-given dignity of every person," according to the release. The Come to the Table prayer gathering starts at 10 a.m. at Harbor Christian Fellowship, 740 W. Wilson St., Costa Mesa. Congregants from Iglesia Harbor, Amor de Cristo, Marshallese Christian Center and Palm Harvest Church are expected to attend.
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By Norris Burkes and By Norris Burkes | November 23, 2012
November is a month most of us express thanks for all that we have — for home, family, friends and faith. But that was "so yesterday!" Now, Thanksgiving seems to be only a speed bump slowing us before our holiday buying frenzy, while the turkey and stuffing fueled our race toward the Black Friday sales. If this holiday track meet left you frazzled, I want to offer you a choice of two very different running lanes. First, you can align yourself with denial and tell yourself that you are only spending more this year so that you'll have more to be thankful over next year.
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By PETER HAYNES | June 10, 2006
With new rules governing how one can pray at public meetings, fewer clergy are willing to be designated prayer givers at our local city council meetings. Isn't this a 1st Amendment right? Why do public groups like city councils need designated prayer givers? I once joined several local clergy in signing a letter to members of our Newport Beach City Council asking that one of them offer the invocation just as one leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each of their meetings.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | October 18, 2013
Q: Why is it Jews don't kneel to pray? I'm Jewish myself, and sometimes I feel the need to pray in this position, but I feel awkward, since I was taught not to do this. — L., via godsquadquestion@aol.com A: The Hebrew Bible has evidence of kneeling in prayer. In Isaiah 45:23, we read: "By myself have I sworn, the word is gone forth from my mouth in righteousness, and shall not come back, that unto me every knee shall bow... " Also, we have a reference to King Solomon: "When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven" (1 Kings 8:54)
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By Brianna Bailey | January 21, 2009
The 5-year-olds at Lil’ Lighthouse Preschool at Lighthouse Coastal Community Church in Costa Mesa bow their heads each afternoon to recite a simple prayer. “Thank you for our healthy bodies,” one line in the prayer goes. The children recite in unison, sitting on the carpet of the church chapel with red and blue book bags still strapped to their backs. The children ask daily about their absent classmate, Julian Dunn— a happy-go-lucky 5-year-old with an infectious smile who is interested in cars and loves to play with his friends, said Lil’ Lighthouse teacher Michelle Rieke.
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January 14, 2011
Dear God, we pray that you might receive in love the souls of those dear innocent people whom fate and fury took from their families and from our grieving country in Tucson, Ariz. We pray for Gabe Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck, Christina Green, Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard and John Roll. We do not pray for "six people. " We pray for one person at a time. In your mercy. O Lord, shelter their souls in the world to come and take them close to you forever in heavenly peace. May their memories be for a blessing.
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By Jim Carnett | November 12, 2012
Grace can be amazing. As a pre-teen in the 1950s, I accompanied my parents to the home of my great aunt and great uncle in Alhambra for Sunday afternoon dinners. Uncle Ed was my paternal grandmother's eldest brother. My paternal grandmother died when Dad was 10, and Uncle Ed took a proprietary interest in his upbringing. Because there was no San Diego (405) Freeway in the 1950s, we drove surface streets from Newport Beach/Costa Mesa to Los Angeles County's western San Gabriel Valley.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — With heads bowed and the rain pouring over them, local church leaders and hundreds of congregants encircled Costa Mesa City Hall in prayer Monday. Representing numerous faiths, they prayed in a show of support as the city recovers from the suicide of one of its employees and others who face layoffs six months from now. "Today we're simply here to show support and love for our city in light of everything that's been happening," said Becks Heyhoe, an organizer for One Church for Our City, a coalition of Costa Mesa churches.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 7, 2014
Q: What is the purpose of prayer? — L., via cyberspace A: When I talk to children about prayer, I tell them that there are only four types of prayers: Thanks, Gimmie, Oops and Wow! I have them stand up and scream with me as we dance around the room: "Thanks, Gimmie, Oops, Wow!" I've formulated definitions for the different types of prayers for adults, but to truly grasp the concept, you must be a child. Prayers reflect what we hope, and what we hope becomes what we know. Sadly, for many people, what we hope and what we know eludes us in the bad weather of adult life.
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By Hannah Fry and Emily Foxhall | February 19, 2014
A group interested in founding a private Christian high school in Newport Beach found a possible location at the site of their alma mater, a school that has since been converted into the West Newport Community Center. Newport Beach is hoping to get a school to open at the location, which would be shared with the city as it works to finalize a location for a new community center, officials confirmed Wednesday. The property seemed ideal to David Bahnsen, vice president of Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County's board of trustees, which is interested in the former site of Newport Christian High School.
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November 22, 2013
Various Christian groups are meeting Sunday to discuss and pray for immigration reform, according to a news release. They are hoping for changes that reflect "biblical values, including family unity and the God-given dignity of every person," according to the release. The Come to the Table prayer gathering starts at 10 a.m. at Harbor Christian Fellowship, 740 W. Wilson St., Costa Mesa. Congregants from Iglesia Harbor, Amor de Cristo, Marshallese Christian Center and Palm Harvest Church are expected to attend.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | October 18, 2013
Q: Why is it Jews don't kneel to pray? I'm Jewish myself, and sometimes I feel the need to pray in this position, but I feel awkward, since I was taught not to do this. — L., via godsquadquestion@aol.com A: The Hebrew Bible has evidence of kneeling in prayer. In Isaiah 45:23, we read: "By myself have I sworn, the word is gone forth from my mouth in righteousness, and shall not come back, that unto me every knee shall bow... " Also, we have a reference to King Solomon: "When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven" (1 Kings 8:54)
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By Billy Graham | May 31, 2013
Q: Our daughter (who's in her late 20s) seems to be suffering from deep depression, and we don't know what to do. She even talks about ending her life. She says she's a follower of Jesus, and we pray a lot for her, but it doesn't seem to help. Could you ask people to pray for her? — Mrs. N.G. A: I'm sure many people reading this column will pause to pray for your daughter, for they can sense your deep concern for her as she bears this heavy burden. The Bible commands us to "pray for each other so that you may be healed" (James 5:16)
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By Jim DeBoom | April 23, 2013
With the happenings in Boston and in West Texas fresh in our minds, the National Day of Prayer makes more sense than ever, says the Rev. Julie Elkins, president of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council and pastor at First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa. Different faiths will join "for common action in prayer" at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, she says. The prayer breakfast will welcome clergy and members from a variety of faiths, including Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Bahai, Sikh, Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints, First Church of Christ, Scientist, United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Unitarians, Lutherans, Episcopal and UCI Interfaith.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 26, 2013
To pray or not to pray - that was the question at this week's Irvine City Council meeting. In the end, the council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to pray, approving a proposal to invite local religious leaders to start the bi-weekly meetings with an invocation. Council members Larry Agran and Beth Krom dissented. Four public speakers kicked off the lengthy debate over separation of church and state by pulling from the consent calendar a proposed policy that would require sending a list of do's and don'ts known as the Rubin decision along with the invitation.
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By P.S. Foley | January 17, 2013
I am the son of a cop. My dad spent 30 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, and I grew up surrounded by cops. Jerry Wooters, also a cop on the LAPD, was a frequent visitor to our house. For most of my youth, Jerry walked from his house to ours for coffee every Saturday morning. It was his routine. But there were lots of others with names like Trailer, Knuckles and Matheney. They were good men and full of fun, in spite of the ugly and harsh parts of the world they had witnessed.
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By Norris Burkes and By Norris Burkes | November 23, 2012
November is a month most of us express thanks for all that we have — for home, family, friends and faith. But that was "so yesterday!" Now, Thanksgiving seems to be only a speed bump slowing us before our holiday buying frenzy, while the turkey and stuffing fueled our race toward the Black Friday sales. If this holiday track meet left you frazzled, I want to offer you a choice of two very different running lanes. First, you can align yourself with denial and tell yourself that you are only spending more this year so that you'll have more to be thankful over next year.
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By Jim Carnett | November 12, 2012
Grace can be amazing. As a pre-teen in the 1950s, I accompanied my parents to the home of my great aunt and great uncle in Alhambra for Sunday afternoon dinners. Uncle Ed was my paternal grandmother's eldest brother. My paternal grandmother died when Dad was 10, and Uncle Ed took a proprietary interest in his upbringing. Because there was no San Diego (405) Freeway in the 1950s, we drove surface streets from Newport Beach/Costa Mesa to Los Angeles County's western San Gabriel Valley.
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