The 2018 Women’s World Day of Prayer Service has the theme “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” It is written by the Christian women of Suriname who focus on creation and our responsibility to care and look after it. Locally, the service will take place at FBC on Friday 2 March at 10.30am (refreshments from 10am). Everyone is welcome – not just women!
The Executive Director of Women’s World Day of Prayer, Rosângela Oliveira, writes:
“As in the beginning, God created from chaos. But everything that was created found its place in creation. All were related to each other – the earth with the light, the waters with the sky, the tree seeds with the living creatures, and the humankind with God. None could exist without the other, and the source of all was God.
There was goodness in that integrated system of relationships. But essential to that was the commitment to care. And we know that we are failing!
Women from Suriname lift up their voices to remind us that we are caretakers of God’s creation! They are bringing to our attention the urgent need for caring at a time when more than 180 countries have signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A commitment to keep the earth cooler depends on public policies implemented by governments, but also on our personal lifestyle.
As one of our Guiding Principles affirms, “prayer is rooted in listening to God and to one another.” Through the worship service, we listen to the multicultural and multi-ethnic people of Suriname. They take us to their communities and through their concerns. History is before our eyes! The flora and fauna is remarkable! The everyday life is weaved into the prayers.”