Unite for international world prayer day
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.