Dumser is keenly aware, however, that many of those in his congregation -- as well as many people in general -- are distinctly uncomfortable when it comes to offering a public prayer.
"I've had people tell me, 'Don't call on me to pray in public, not even a benediction. Please,'" Dumser confides. "I'm not sure why that is. I've been praying in public so long now that I no longer really even remember a time when I felt uncomfortable about it. But I know many people do struggle with it."
So, when First Baptist Church hosted a National Day of Prayer service Thursday evening, Dumser made certain there was ample opportunity for anyone who wished to do so to join in community prayer. After a brief song service and scripture readings the congregation broke into smaller groups to allow everyone the chance to voice his or her prayer in a less intimidating atmosphere than that represented by a church sanctuary crowded with people.
See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.