The local World Day of Prayer celebration will be held at the Leopold Uniting Church this year on the theme, “Come – Everything is Ready”. Each year, this event focuses on a different country; this year it is Slovenia, a relatively new nation and one of the smallest, formed in 1991 from the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Mirroring other gatherings in over 170 countries, women and men from most of the local churches will meet on Friday morning, March 1st at 10 am for a worship service, followed by morning tea in the Fellowship Room. The speaker is yet to be announced, but watch this space for updates.
The Day of Prayer, observed on the first Friday of March each year, commemorates a movement of Christian women that began in the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century, and became worldwide in 1927. The continuing motto for this very special day is “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action”.
On this yearly common World Day of Prayer, people of various races, cultures and traditions around the globe unite to:
- affirm their belief and faith in Christ;
- be enriched by the experiences of other Christians, their countries & cultures;- pray for and/or with others for the burdens of others;
- become more aware of their own talents, and to be encouraged to use them in Christian service;
- develop awareness of the world as a whole, and to understand and appreciate that God loves all people everywhere.
The annual worship service ‘kicks-off’ a year-long project in Australia, which for 2019 will be trauma counselling for women, run by the Bible Societies of Australia and Slovenia, to encourage and support women in Slovenia who are experiencing trauma.
In Australia, the World Day of Prayer is supported by these organisations: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, Salvation Army and Uniting Churches, plus Australian Christian Churches, Australian Church Women, The Bible Society, OneLife Family and WCTU Drug-Free Lifestyle.
Additional information can be found here:
Each year an artist is featured, this year it is Rezka Arnuš, born in Božakovo, near Metlika, Slovenia, in a farmer’s family with 7 children. She is a visually impaired amateur artist who has been creating works of art for the past 18 years. Her eyes are limited just to 5% of a normal sight when there is enough light. See more here: