Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 2. The women of Malaysia have chosen the theme "Let justice prevail." They open the service for 2012 with the greeting "selamat datang" - peace and welcome - a reminder that harmony as a people is rooted in peace and welcome.
The women name fair and just governance as the basis for peace. The stories chosen by the women of Malaysia give credence to the suffering that empowers their prayer. A clear message emerges: it takes courage, compassion and active engagement for justice to prevail. On March 2, those praying will resolve to work with God and with each other to create a world in which each gender, race, culture, religion and state is honored, nurtured and empowered.
This year's service will be held on March 2 at 1 p.m. at The Church of The Good Shepherd, Route 438 Extension, Irving.
The church is handicap accessible, as is the Community Hall where a reception will follow immediately following the service.
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God's kingdom. Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year a different country's committee serves as the writers of the World Day of Prayer worship service.
For more information, contact Roslyn Manning, 934-2174.