World Day of Prayer service to be held in Yarmouth Friday, March 1
The World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service will be held in Yarmouth Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 103 Brunswick St.
The following churches will be participating: The Salvation Army, New Life, St. Ambrose Roman Catholic, Beacon United, Holy Trinity Anglican, Yarmouth North Baptist, Yarmouth Wesleyan, Zion Baptist.
Women’s World Day of Prayer is an interdenominational and international organization. Involvement creates a network of Christian women on a worldwide scale that also reaches into local communities. Preparations for World Day of Prayer go on for months in advance.
Women and men from the Yarmouth area will be gathering to celebrate using a program of worship prepared this year by women in France.
When the women of the French committee met to work on the material for 2013, the theme chosen for them was: I was a stranger and you welcomed me. France, like other European countries, receives many asylum requests. In 2011, 51,900 people applied for asylum in France. Event organizers say the presence of these people in that country both enriches the culture and can cause social difficulties. Behind each request is the story of a life. Some of those stories will be shared in the service.
“We envisage a great annual wave of prayer, rising with the sun over the island of Samoa and then sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, until it comes to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later. By then services will have taken place in over 170 countries,” says a media release about the event.