Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode made a rare appearance in City Council Thursday, delivering the invocation at the regular meeting and praying for something he is familiar with -- the rocky relationship between the mayor and Council.

"If it be your will, that Council and Mayor be of one accord," said Goode, and ordained minister, who was invited to perform the invocation by his son, Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. "Lord, I know I am asking a lot."

Goode, whose post-political life has been devoted to prisoner reentry and educational issues, prayed for the city's children and reported: "There is a very joyous and happy life after the Mayor's Office.

Goode was Mayor from 1984-1992.

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