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Friday, March 2, 2012

Saturday Reflections: Praying for the World.





























































The origins of the Women's World Day of Prayer go back to the 19th century. The aim was to support women both at home and abroad. The first church services in Britain were held in the 1930s. Nowadays, a service is held all round the world on the first Friday in March every year. The women of one country, a different one chosen each year, write the words for the service. These words are then translated into over sixty languages and a thousand dialects. In return, the prayers of women throughout the world are focused on that country. This year it is the turn of Malaysia. Here women face difficulties, discrimination, and violence at all levels of society. The theme of the service is "Let justice prevail".

There were representatives from churches from the Roman Catholics, the Anglicans, the Methodists, The Presbyterians, Eden Community, Good Sheperd and the Baptists. A quick glance reveal people from Canada, USA, Cambodia, Malaysia, UK and New Zealand. When people pray, God answers.









Mt Albert Baptist Church. This is my church family. Church is not just building. Church is the people who worship there. We hosted the Day of Prayer today on Friday 2nd March 2012.




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14 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Very timely service..and inspiring....Hope it impacts more people...and all the best to the participants. Beautiful kebayas!! You really look good....

TexWisGirl said...

very nice.

rainfield61 said...

I have to stand straight to sing Negaraku upon seeing Malaysia flag.

Let's sing together.

George said...

What a wonderful post. I'm very happy to hear about the part your country and your church played in this Women's World Day of Prayer.

EastCoastLife said...

Our world is greatly in need of prayers. I wonder if we have such a day in our Singaporean churches.

Doru said...

My deeply respect!
Thank you!

Riet said...

What a great post Ann.

OT about our prince. I don't know he is in a hospital in London now . `they want to see if anything can be done but that may take years he has been in coma for a couple of weeks now so we fear the worst but sometimes miracles happen. Let;s hope so but it is very sad and the whole country feels that way.

Jim said...

Great post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful post.

Regards and best wishes

Patty said...

The world certainly needs some praying for, doesn't she?

It looked like a very spiritual service, and I am sure those words of love you sent out into the universe are being well received.

Joe Todd said...

Lovely post. Will follow your advice

NixBlog said...

Great series of shots documenting this wonderful event, Ann.

Al said...

I would like to believe that prayer works, but I look at the world around me and I wonder sometimes. But it certainly can't hurt!

Lew said...

A fitting reflection on how we in this world treat each other and a call for better treatment, especially towards women!

Sorry to hear your weather has been treating you unkindly. Our winter has been gentle, but not so to people in the central part of the USA.