Signature Healthcare at St. Peter Villa in Memphis joined other Signature facilities and believers across the nation in celebrating the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5th. About 30 residents and stakeholders took advantage of the beautiful weather and celebrated the day outdoors in the beautiful gardens that surround St. Peter Villa. Participants enjoyed singing several gospel songs, including “This is the Day” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Chaplain David Elkins brought a devotional message based on the story of Solomon dedicating the Temple from the Old Testament. From the Book of 1 Kings, he focused on Solomon’s prayer to God to “have regard to the prayer of Thy servant” and to “listen to the cry and hear the prayers” that Solomon offered on behalf of the people (1 Kings 8:28). The devotion then turned to 2 Chronicles and God’s response: “I have heard your prayer” (2 Chronicles 7:12). The celebration concluded with everyone enthusiastically singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand.”
A highlight of the celebration was the making of a prayer chain. Residents and staff were encouraged to share prayer concerns by writing them on strips of paper. The strips were then linked together to form a chain of prayer requests over nine feet in length. Requests ranged from healings to financial freedom to specific requests for specific family members and friends. Staff members were available to assist residents with writing their requests. The chain currently hangs outside the chapel and is a reminder of God’s promise: “I have heard your prayer.”
The activities department and dietary departments at St. Peter’s Villa participated in the celebration by making and serving everyone coke floats for refreshments. It was a wonderful celebration of prayer, fellowship, and the power of the God to hear all our prayers.