World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer will be observed in worship Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Washington, 4832 South Point Road, Washington.

The service is ecumenical, which means people of any faith may attend and be a part of the observance. Church Women United of Franklin County sponsors the service.

The theme is “All God’s Creation Is Very Good!” The service has been written by the church women of Suriname, a country on the northeastern Atlantic Coast of South America.

Larry Lazar

The speaker for the service will be Larry Lazar, who is someone deeply concerned about the health of the planet. He works in planning and analysis for a consumer company, but he has always had a keen interest in the outdoors.

In his free time Lazar has acquired much knowledge about climate issues, which led him to become a leader and mentor for the “Climate Reality Project.” He also became an organizer for Climate Reality-St. Louis.

Lazar speaks about the state of the world’s climate and for the need for action, at churches, communities, and universities throughout the St. Louis region. Lazar, his wife and two college-age children have been area residents for 20 years.

“We hope many people will be inspired to come and hear this man of great knowledge and enthusiasm for caring for the world in which we live,” said Norma Klemme, with Church Women United.

Time for Prayer for World

Women of the several churches will lead the service. An offering will be received which will help support the various ministries for women and children, which are supported by World Day of Prayer.

Refreshments and fellowship, to which everyone is invited, will follow the service, in the narthex of the church. Sheila Baer will have Plowsharing Crafts, handmade crafts from many nations available for purchase before and after the service.

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many faith traditions, who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. Men, women and children in more than 170 countries will celebrate and open the service for 2018 with a reminder that harmony as a people is rooted in peace and welcome.

World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s Kingdom. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the service.

The women proclaim that it is up to each of us to revere the land which God has given us, to take care of it and not exploit it. It takes courage, compassion and active engagement for care of the earth to prevail.

World Day of Prayer will begin at the first sunrise on March 2 in the Pacific region and follow the Earth’s orbit, shining its light on Suriname and the rest of the world. This year the women of Suriname invite everyone into a time of worship, calling all into Jesus’ great example of humility, compassion and commitment.

Church Women United is an ecumenical group of women from several churches in Franklin County, open to all. Any church wishing to participate is invited to come to the monthly meetings held at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Union, the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

Carol Gruber and Dorothy Clarkson are co-presidents; Virginia Van Leer, secretary; and Eva Adams, treasurer.