For those feeling the squeeze of an ever-changing economic forecast and a world full of uncertainty, the World Day of Prayer – an ecumenical prayer service held at Mariner’s Bethel – could be just what they need for a fresh perspective. The service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2009.
Churches within the Southeastern Sussex Ministerium take turns hosting the day of prayer, which is held each year on the first Friday in March.
“It’s a service of Thanksgiving,” said Jane McLaren of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church.
“It’s different every year,” said McLaren. “Every year, women from a different country choose a theme and people from around the globe participate.”
This year’s theme is “In Christ There Are Many Members, Yet One Body,” and it was picked by women of Papua New Guinea.
Kay Lanassa, a retired pastor, will be presiding over the service, and she will be concentrate in on Acts 4:32-35. There will also be an offering collected for disbursement as grants to different countries.
Acts 4:32-35 reads, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”
“It’s a timely message,” said McLaren. “And people can learn a little bit about Papua New Guinea.”
According to the World Day of Prayer Web site at www.wdpusa.org, “The 2009 service and offering grants will focus on indigenous women and children’s concerns as their communities struggle to maintain their history and culture in an ever-changing world.”
Among other things, the people of Papua New Guinea are dealing with high infant and children mortality, as well as violence against women and big oil corporations said to be exploiting the people, as well as problems with environmental degradation and climate change.
For more information, visit www.wdpusa.org. The service at Mariner’s Bethel will be held on Friday, March 6, at 1 p.m., and all are welcome.