World Day of Prayer
Donna Power will speak at the World Day of Prayer service at St William’s Catholic Church in Grovely, Brisbane, March 3, 2017.
The social justice theme is based on a story in the Gospel of Matthew about workers in a vineyard receiving equal pay no matter the number of hours worked. The liturgy has been designed by women in the Philippines this year and tells the story of difficulties faced by women in the home and at work.
The focus of the prayerful reflection is to move Christians around the world into action to heal the suffering of people and empower them to live life to the full. We will be asked to think about how systemic injustice affects the poorest in our global village and how God is calling us to be agents of change.
Donna will offer some reflections from her experience of assisting families in rural Malawi whose subsistence farming livelihoods are at the mercy of the weather. She founded a charity, Project Kindy, to provide kindergarten fees for children in need.
For more information about Project Kindy, please visit www.projectkindy.com
For more information about the service, your nearest service, the above artwork and the origins of the World Day of Prayer, please visit http://www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org/
Here is an excerpt of the World Day of Prayer service:
“PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Child: I am a child. I need health care.
All: God of Hope and Reconciliation, move us to care for our
children, to alleviate their suffering. Help us, O God.
Overseas Worker: I am an Overseas Filipino Worker. I need just
All: God of Justice and Liberation, we dedicate ourselves to
eradicate the causes of injustice that threaten human dignity. Help
us, O God.
Youth: I am young. I need education. I want to be in school.
All: God, our Teacher and Guide, ensure all persons the
opportunity to develop their full potential and become all you have
created them to be. Help us, O God.
Indigenous Person: I am an indigenous person. I want to preserve
the legacy which my people received from God.
All: God our Creator, we dedicate ourselves to build a global
community of love, justice and service. Help us, O God.
Farmer and Labourer: I am a farmer. I am a labourer. We want to
know you more fully and fulfil your call to action, so that we may be
agents of change.
All: God of Love, Justice and Service, help us to be the seeds of
change and to be your instruments, to realize your Kingdom of Shalom.
Leader: Jesus, the Bread of Life, sends you out to feed others.
All: We will share our lives with our brothers and sisters.
Leader: The God of Justice sends you to plant the seeds of hope,
to become fruits of liberation and love.
All: We will offer our hands to plant, nurture, and harvest them.
Leader: The Holy Spirit sends you to be instruments of fairness
All: Use us to your will and glory. Amen.