Unite for in­ter­na­tional world prayer day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROVE -

LO­CAL church lead­ers are call­ing for mem­bers of the pub­lic to come to­gether on Fri­day, March 7, to cel­e­brate World Day of Prayer 2014.

World Day of Prayer is a world­wide move­ment led by Chris­tian women of many tra­di­tions who call the faith­ful to­gether to ob­serve a com­mon day of prayer on the first Fri­day of March ev­ery year.

Marcia Tu­dor, who is in­volved with St Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Dou­glas said this year the Ju­lat­ten Fam­ily Fellowship had or­gan­ised the ser­vice and would fo­cus on the coun­try and women of Egypt in an event ti­tled ‘‘Streams in the Desert’’.

‘‘Ev­ery year the wor­ship ser­vice has a spe­cial an­nual theme, with 2014 fo­cus­ing on Egypt. Through prepa­ra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in this, we can come to know how peo­ple of other coun­tries, lan­guages and cul­tures un­der­stand the bi­ble pas­sages in their con­text,’’ she said.

‘‘We can hear their con­cerns and needs and can feel our­selves in sol­i­dar­ity with them. In this way it is pos­si­ble to ex­pe­ri­ence the rich­ness of the Chris­tian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an in­ter­na­tional, ec­u­meni­cal ex­pres­sion.

‘‘Egypt is a di­verse coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 12 per cent Chris­tian. Many women and chil­dren suf­fer from dis­crim­i­na­tion, in­trafam­ily vi­o­lence, phys­i­cal or sex­ual abuse and psy­cho­log­i­cal vi­o­lence ev­ery day. World Day of Prayer con­cen­trates on pray­ing for the needs of these peo­ple.’’

Ms Tu­dor said the big chal­lenge in Egypt was the mil­lions of chil­dren born into poverty, where they could be forced to work from an early age, even in dan­ger­ous jobs. Fam­i­lies face a dif­fi­cult ex­is­tence in ur­ban slums and hun­dreds of ru­ral ado­les­cent girls are dis­cour­aged from com­plet­ing school, fac­ing lives of early mar­riage, il­lit­er­acy and abuse.

‘‘The ser­vice will open with a song from Egypt to wel­come ev­ery­one with mem­bers from all lo­cal churches and de­nom­i­na­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pre­sen­ta­tion, hymns, bi­ble read­ings and prayers,’’ she said.

‘‘Through World Day of Prayer, Chris­tians af­firm that prayer and ac­tion are in­sep­a­ra­ble and that both have im­mea­sur­able in­flu­ence in the world.

‘‘We would be very grate­ful if any­one with con­nec­tions to Egypt would con­tact us. It would also be won­der­ful if any­one with Egyp­tian arte­facts would al­low us to bor­row them for the day.’’

Any­one with con­nec­tions or arte­facts is wel­come to call Marcia Tu­dor on 0417 600 602.

The ser­vice will be held at the Moss­man Unit­ing Church at 9.30am and the same ser­vice will be held at St An­drews Anglican Church En­deav­our Street Port Dou­glas at 7.30pm.

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