February 2, 2014 at 7:00 AM
STIRLING, NJ - David Bird was last seen leaving his home on Long Hill Road, in the Millington section of Long Hill Township, on the afternoon of Saturday, January 11. According to family members he was going for a walk, but never returned.
The Pastor, Rev. Thomas T. Peters led the service with prayers of the people.
They prayed for the missing, "Almighty God,we commend to your goodness all who are near and dear to us, wherever they may be today. We especially pray today for David who is missing. Watch over him and all who are missing;provide for them;bless them in body and soul, and bring them back to those who love them."
They prayed for hope, "O Lord Jesus Christ, your parents knew the anguish of a missing person when they searched for you at age 12. They would not give up until they found you. Through them You know the pain of having someone missing, and the joy of finding them. Help all who are searching now, to find answers to their questions, and an end to their searching. Inspire your people to be vigilant, so that their eyes and ears may see and hear news that will bring hope. Comfort those who feel lonely and sad because the one they love has vanished. Be with them in the storm and guide their efforts. "
They prayed for strength, "O Lord, our creator, by your holy prophet you taught your ancient people to seek the welfare in the cities in which they lived. We commend our community to you as we struggle through this time of pain and uncertainty. Give us strength of purpose and concern for others, especially for David, Nancy and the family as we hold each other up in this time of need."
And "God of compassion, we give you thanks for the love and compassion for people and canines who have braved cold temperatures to find David, for people who have held up David and the family to you in prayer, for those who have delivered meals and comfort in the last three weeks. Continue to bless all of these people as they continue in their efforts."
And the gathered community lit "The Candles of Hope."