World Day of Prayer to be held March 6

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer Friday, March 6.

The women of Papua, New Guinea, have written the World Day of Prayer 2009 service around the theme, “In Christ, there are many members, yet one body.” They welcome us to Papua, New Guinea, a land of many languages, cultures, traditions and beliefs. Though many of its communities experience isolation due to rugged terrain, there is unity in diversity. The women say, “By God’s grace we are able to be united.” They invite us to join them in celebrating their unity in Christ, where diverse communities are of one heart and soul, and where women have faced the violence in their societies with courage and solidarity.

The service will be held Friday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, on South Pagosa Boulevard. A potluck lunch will follow. Please bring a salad for six to share.

Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Papua, New Guinea in prayer and song to support women’s ecumenical ministries toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness. The annual offering will support the work of World Day of Prayer and help meet the needs of families who are victims of violence and poverty worldwide.

For material or more information, contact Muriel Cronkhite at 731-4727, or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA Committee, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 300, New York, NY 10115, (866) 937-8720, (202) 870-2466,

World Day of Prayer is an international movement in 170 countries and regions whose prayers follow the sun across the globe on the day of the celebration. Prayer and action are inseparable, and both have immeasurable influence in the world.

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