World Day of Prayer program here Friday

World Day of Prayer 2012 will be observed by Christians in over 170 countries on Friday, March 2. Locally, the service will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa, at 10 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

“World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom,” said local service co-sponsors Donnie Rinn and Donna Mitchell.

“World Day of Prayer brings together international women from a myriad of backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions for informed prayer and prayer action,” they explained.

The 2012 service has been written by women of Malaysia who chose the theme, “Let Justice Prevail.”

“Stories chosen by the Malaysian women give credence to the suffering that empowers their prayers,” Rinn said. “A clear message emerges: it takes courage, compassion and active engagement for justice to prevail.”

A choir with voices from several churches will sing and the program will be presented by representatives from local churches. An offering will go to Church Women United. In the U.S., portions are designated to women’s projects locally and internationally.

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