Wayland gathers around the flagpole

September 24, 2014

PLAINVIEW – Approximately 50 Wayland Baptist University students joined high school and college students around the nation in a time of prayer Wednesday morning as part of the national See You at the Pole prayer emphasis.

The national time of prayer started in 1990 and takes place on the fourth Wednesday of September each year. It is designed as a time for students to focus on their nation, communities and schools, praying for each other as well as faculty and administration.

“It’s a time to come together and join in prayer for God’s wisdom and leadership, for His blessings and provisions and His protection and guidance,” said Micheal Summers, Director of Church Services at Wayland.

Summers said Wayland chooses to focus on the theme throughout the day in an attempt to encourage students, faculty and staff to pray continually for their school. Wayland continued the See You at the Pole emphasis during its regularly scheduled chapel time on Wednesday. The university and Baptist Student Ministries also hosted a special Saw You at the Pole rally Wednesday evening, inviting area church youth groups to participate in the special time of worship.

“It’s a time of encouragement and inspiration for them to go back and continue living and sharing the in their settings,” Summers said.

Christian band Climbing Blind led worship during chapel and the Saw You at the Pole rally, and Wayland Assistant Professor of Justice and Public Administration Dr. Justin Lawrence delivered the message.

Summers said prayer emphases like SYATP are important, especially in a time when Christian beliefs seem to be increasingly devalued. He said that true learning does not happen without a spiritual component.

“Parker J. Palmer wrote, ‘In the very act of educating we are in the process of forming or deforming the human soul,’” Summers said. “The purpose of See You at the Pole nationally is to bring Christians together in support of our educational systems as we try as a country to educate students not only for the future, but also for the better.”