Congregations come together for World Day of Prayer

World Day of PrayerThe World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.


Normally a St Brendan’s parishioner, on Friday Judith Zampaglione will arrive at Shepparton Uniting Church for a service. She won’t be alone, either.
Christians from across the Goulburn Valley will come together on Friday for World Day of Prayer.

Early in March each year, churches across different denominations hold a service under the one roof. They’ll join congregations from more than 170 countries worldwide coming together to pray. “We get together at a particular church every year and we pray for a different country, this year it’s Vanuatu,” Mrs Zampaglione said.

“It unites all Christian faith and is held on the same day every year.”

Mrs Zampaglione said the churches all rotated hosting duties for the day of prayer, which was last year held at the Church of Christ. This year she and other presenters will inform the joint congregation about Vanuatu, as they did last year for the South American country of Suriname.

Presentations will speak about the people, customs and challenges of the Pacific island nation. She invited anyone who wanted to come along, with the 10 am service involving Bible readings, prayers, songs and a reflection. Mrs Zampaglione said several members of the churches would continue to spread the message next week. “We take it to Ave Maria later the next week for the residents and we do it again,” she said. The service will be held at Shepparton Uniting Church at 10:am.

Country churches will also come together at Dookie Uniting Church at Curtain St, Dookie, from 10:am.

 

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Representives from different churches in Shepparton, including Shirley Marven from the Uniting Church, June Zelley from the Salvation Army, Val Raymer from the Baptist Church, Kath Goodall from Church of Christ, Judith Zampaglione from St Brendan’s, Ria Collins from Goulburn Valley Christian Fellowship, and Lois Hardy from the Uniting Church.

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