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Churches unite for World Day of Prayer

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The cover art is a Medium of textile – Embroidery, applique and metalwork created by artist Angie Fox. The images depict Freedom: an open door to a pathway across endless open vista. Justice: broken chains. God’s Peace and forgiveness: the dove of peace and a peace lily breaking through the pavement. Overall: the rainbow represents the overreaching love of God.

The Combined Churches of Narrandera with St John’s Uniting Church as the hosts will be holding the World Day of Prayer at the CRC Church in Bolton Street tomorrow starting at 7pm with a light supper following the service.

Everyone is most welcome to attend.

The World Day of Prayer is an annual global ecumenical event of informed prayer and action which began in the 19th century.

Today World Day of Prayer involves people in over 170 countries celebrating a day of prayer on the first Friday in March.

The service has a theme prepared by a committee group in a different country each year. In this way those who take part in the prayer services come to know how people of other countries, cultures and languages understand Biblical passages from their cultural viewpoint and circumstances.

They hear of the joys, concerns and needs of other people and pray for them. Freewill offerings at the services support various interdenominational programs, such as the Bible Society in Australia and in the host country.

The World Day of Prayer affirms belief and faith in Jesus Christ and humanity. It is a day to remind us that good things happen when people from all walks of life come together for a cause. It also encourages us to be of service to others helping those in need.

Praying together creates a sense of belonging, especially knowing others are doing the same all around the world making us feel we are all part of a community instilling love and care for one another.

The countries who are featured in World Day of Prayer 2022 are EWNI – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – three countries which form part of United Kingdom. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom but is not represented in this service because it prepares services for World Day of Prayer in its own right The theme for this year is God’s promise to His people in exile in Babylon, found in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 29 verse 11, “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Narrandera Argus 3 March 2022

This article appeared in the Narrandera Argus, 3 March 2022.

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