The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday was, by all accounts, the largest in the event's four-year history.
Surrounded by clergy and community members, Mayor Deke Copenhaver said the meeting, the first of 2010, was the perfect way to ring in a new year.
That's because he has seen the ability of prayer to change the dynamics of the city, Copenhaver said.
"There is a new spirit on the commission," he said, addressing about 100 people who gathered. "There's no doubt that comes through prayer."
That's not to say the office is without stresses. Last week, the announcement of a basketball league for white Americans with hopes of launching a team in Augusta pulled Copenhaver into a national media storm, he said.
"These prayer breakfasts," he said, "always seem to come at the right time."
With that, nearly two dozen clergy stood to lay hands on Copenhaver as they prayed for the year ahead.