Community leaders gather for annual prayer service
Government and traditional leaders, along with cabinet members and members of the community gathered testerday for the 6th annual Territorial Prayer Breakfast service held at the CCCAS-Fagaalu. Led by Rev. Fosi Tumatavai, chair of the Methodist Synod of American Samoa, he also presented the sermon. Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving was offered by Rev. Kapeliele Pauga Lolesio of the Futiga Catholic Parish; Penitential Prayer by Rev. Talavale Ueligitone - Aunu'u Assembly of God; and General Intercessions by Rev. Isaako Mata'utia of CCCAS Masausi.
The annual prayer service was first introduced by Gov. Togiola Tulafono — and this is the last time he will be presiding over it, as he is unable to run for governor after being elected to two consecutive terms.
In a proclamation Governor Togiola said “since the arrival of Christianity in these islands, the Territory embraced fully and wholeheartedly the Christian practices and principles which form the spiritual basis of our parent democracy the United States of America, as well as provide the foundation for our own Territorial government.”
“These principles have largely shaped and modeled our people and our culture, as well as the lives of those who have led and served our families, villages, churches and island government for the past one hundred and twelve years,” he said.