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Prayers delivered for Perdue, state officials

Posted January 9, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Several religious leaders delivered prayers and words of inspiration Friday morning for Governor-elect Beverly Perdue and other state officials.

They spoke at an inter-denominational prayer service that was part of this weekend's inauguration festivities for Perdue and the Council of State.

"It was just an uplifting way to start this very important weekend," Perdue said after the service, which was held at First Baptist Church, on Wilmington Street across from the State Capitol.

Beverly Perdue and husband Bob Eaves Perdue attends inaugural prayer service

"It's important for the people of North Carolina to know that this is going to be an administration that's based on ethics and sunshine and trying to do the right thing day in and day out," she said. "That starts, in my book, with faith."

Ministers from Christian and Jewish congregations spoke on topics like leadership, courage, wisdom and humility, and a state employees' choir sang hymns during the 45-minute service.

"Bless her, Lord," said the Rev. Michael Blackwell, president of Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, in his prayer for Perdue. "Grant unto her special gifts of leadership – the patience of Job, the courage of Moses, the wisdom of Solomon – for Lord, she shall surely need them all."

"We thank (God) for new faces brought to power at such a time as this, new faces of all races and gender that was once believed impossible and improbable," said the Rev. Gregory Moss of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

Inaugural prayer service Web only: Ministers pray for state officials

Later Friday, Perdue and her husband, Bob Eaves, were expected to join thousands of supporters for the inaugural ball and other festivities in downtown Raleigh.

The inauguration for Perdue and the nine members of the Council of State is scheduled for Saturday morning on the steps of the state Division of Archives and History building on Jones Street. Five thousand seats will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Perdue said she would address some of the problems confronting the state – a budget deficit, growing unemployment, troubled state agencies – in her inaugural address.

"Life is never easy; we know know that. I'm a hard, bold leader. I understand standing up and making strong decisions," she said. "All things are possible for all of us. We can work together. I intend to build a healthy North Carolina with citizen involvement and with prayer."

Inauguration festivities began Thursday night with a reception honoring the new Council of State and a concert geared toward young voters. The Junior League of Raleigh sponsors both events, as well as the inaugural ball, to raise money for charity.

The inaugural parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Fayetteville and Davie streets downtown, and the weekend's activities conclude Saturday afternoon with an open house at the Governor's Mansion.

Inauguration attendees also have a chance to help people in need through a food drive. Non-perishable food items can be donated at the Governor's Mansion and near the library at Jones and Wilmington streets.

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  • spentrounds-full auto Jan 9, 8:04 p.m.

    I offer my prayers also, although I pray very little. I pray that her term as governor is not as bad as I think it will be. Unfortunately, most of my prayers are not realized and I think this will definitely be one of them.

  • grayboomerang Jan 9, 5:34 p.m.

    Am I unhappy...sure am. I didn't vote for her and one of the first things she has planned is some elaborate birthday bash costing 4K per plate. Want my respect? Buy a sheet cake from a grocery store and save the tax payers some money. Eat your cake, then figure out how to help so many people suffering due to the bad economy. Would it be so bad for these goverment officals to scale back on spending when so many people are suffering? Want my support, act like you care about people who are struggling instead of spending thousands on food, alcohol, and partying.

  • Eduardo1 Jan 9, 5:02 p.m.

    well, now that this sham is over, the next one will be a self-serving birthday party, with bribes, oh, I mean donations of $500-10,000 pp. I almost swallowed my dentures when I first read of this. This in the face of massive layoffs, people losing their homes,once again rising gas prices, etc. What a STICK-IN-THE-EYE to the citizens of our State. It looks like ROYALTY has taken over the State-house WHAM A SHAM!

  • curiousgeorgia Jan 9, 4:48 p.m.

    Well, governing is sort of based on faith, faith that the public will continue to be stupid and gullible and keep electing politicians that are highly talented in pulling the wool over people's eyes.

  • seeingthru Jan 9, 4:31 p.m.

    omg PRAYERS??? THAT WON'T HELP THIS STATE, SHE WAS EASLEY'S DEPUTY GOVERNOR--SO THANKS IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE EASLEYS STYLE YOU HAVE 4 MORE YEARS OF THE SAME TO LOOK FORWARD TOO AND YES I OBJECT TO THE RELIGIOUS ASPECT, IT WILL NOT HELP, SHE NEEDS TO BE OBJECTIVE, GOVERNING IS NOT BASED ON FAITH......

  • curiousgeorgia Jan 9, 4:28 p.m.

    Rats, why is it when there is an opportunity for change for the better (i.e. breaking free of gender and race hang-ups) we get duds? Guess it must be the Peter Principle.

  • billis Jan 9, 4:08 p.m.

    "It's important for the people of North Carolina to know that this is going to be an administration that's based on ethics and sunshine and trying to do the right thing day in and day out,"

    How do you base an administration on SUNSHINE? Suddenly that song comes to mind, "Joy and Pain, Sunshine and Rain"

  • westoflyra Jan 9, 4:03 p.m.

    OMG, they're praying! I'm O'ffended!

  • mmania Jan 9, 3:54 p.m.

    She's going to need all the prayers she can get cause she's already going back on her campaign promises and I use that term very very loosely.

    I don't think she will bring any big change to NC gov't. She's cut from the same good 'ol boy fabric as the rest of them.

  • TheAdmiral Jan 9, 3:48 p.m.

    Her first duty should be to create the "North Carolina Public Trust Legislation" in which a person who is on a committee who is in deed holding the public trust such as Licensing Boards, Legislative Committees or any other government areas in which they have been so much as indicted, that they are required to step down from their elected or appointed offices, posts, or other board positions.

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