The first in a series of four downtown interfaith devotional services was held Nov. 16 at Daynes Music Company's Steinway Hall in downtown Salt Lake.
All of the coming meetings will be held at the hall, 156 S. Main Street, and run from 12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.They include messages of inspiration designed to add perspective to everyday life and to help participants evaluate their priorities.
Downtown workers are especially invited to the devotions, as is the the general public. There is no cost.
During Wednesday's 20-minute service, Father Thomas Meersman of the Utah Catholic Diocese welcomed the attendees and offered the opening prayer.
Dr. Harry P. Swietzer, Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church, delivered the devotional message, and centered his remarks around the statement, "All that pleases is but for a moment; all that troubles is but for a moment; only that which is eternal is important."
Speakers for upcoming events are: Rabbi Frederick L. Wenger, Congregation Kol Ami (Nov. 23); Elder J. Thomas Fyans, First Quorum of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Nov. 30); and Father Thomas Meersman, Director of Special Affairs, Utah Catholic Diocese (Dec. 7).
The devotionals are a tradition in downtown Salt Lake City during the Easter holiday season and at Thanks-giving/Christmas time. All speakers, musicians and program suppliers donate their time and resources to the meetings.
The programs are provided to develop a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among those who attend.