Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday. The women of Chile have written the service around the theme "How Many Loaves Have You?" They ask us to enter a process that draws us into the Bible, into the context of Chile and into the real situations of our lives and communities. Together, we are asked to respond to what we have and how we can share it with others.
"In this past year, Chile has been challenged by a devastating earthquake and the collapse of a mine in which many miners were trapped. Again, we are reminded to share our bread and to receive the bread that is shared with us. On Friday, let us reach out our hands and hearts to touch the lives of sisters and brothers in Chile and around the world," a spokesperson said.
This year's service begins at noon at St. Brendan Catholic Church on the Beverly Five-lane. The afternoon will begin with a shared sandwich and salad luncheon followed by the World Day of Prayer program and business meeting. The women attending are asked to bring a small loaf of any type bread to share during the program. During the business meeting, Holy Week luncheons and possibly a UNICEF drive will be discussed.
Invite friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Chile in prayer and song to support women's ecumenical ministries toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness.
The annual offering will support the work of World Day of Prayer USA and help meet the needs of families who are victims of human trafficking, violence and many forms of poverty.
For material or more information, contact the local president, Sue Farrar, or the national office at: World Day of Prayers USA Committee, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1316, New York, New York 10115, call 866-937-8730 or 212-870-2466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.