Friday 5 March is World Day of Prayer
It is World Day of Prayer (formerly Women's Word Day of Prayer) on Friday 5th March.
Thanks to the hard work of Lynda Boast assisted by the Limpsfield Parish office and some musicians from St. Peter's and St. Mary's the service for this year has been recorded and will be available on the St. Peter's (Limpsfield) Facebook page and on YouTube from 10.30am on 5 March.
Every year on the first Friday in March in over 120 countries right across the world thousands of Christians from a multitude of denominations and of every race and colour, gather to celebrate the World Day of Prayer (formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer), by holding some special services.
Each year the World Day of Prayer service is prepared by the women of a different country and they write the prayers and select hymns and Bible passages. The women draw on their own experience of life and the services therefore represent an opportunity for people to become familiar with the thoughts and ways of worship of women from around the world.
This year the service has been devised by the Christian women of Vanuatu and has as its theme “Build on a Strong Foundation”. Vanuatu (formerly known as The New Hebrides), is a group of about 80 islands scattered across 400 miles in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles east of Australia.
In the service we are asked to consider the difficulties faced by the country over many years, including destructive cyclones, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis along with conflicts arising from its past. Through the service the women share the challenges that they have met and the hopes they have for the future with a focus on the themes of improving the education of girls and helping the homeless.