Fort Langley church the site of this year’s World Day of Prayer local service

Various churches work together to host the annual call to action.

The World Day of Prayer local service may be at the Evangelical Free Church in Fort Langley but it’s not the only church involved.

“Many churches in our community are taking part in this ecumenical Christian service, and all men and women are welcome, and are invited to come and share in this special time of worship,” said Norma Carruthers.

World Day of Prayer happens at churches around the world. This year’s local service is at 1 p.m. on March 2. The church is at 8870 Glover Rd. in Fort Langley.

“In every corner of the world, people will be gathering on this day and joining us in prayer and praise,” she explained.

This year’s theme is decidedly green – All God’s Creation is Very Good!

Each year women of a different part of the globe prepare the service that everyone uses. This year’s service was done by the women of Suriname in South America (formerly Dutch Guyana).

The service is held on the first Friday in March and people are encouraged to take the message of the service and put it into action in their lives and communities.

This year’s service focuses on the global environmental crisis, calling on Christians to be more green.

Suriname artist Alice Pomstra-Elmont painted the picture specifically for the service.

“The vegetables and fruit tell us that there is enough food for everyone,” she explained. “The blue hummingbird, the white ibis and the macaw are a few of the many bird species our country boasts. The blue frog (okopipi) is one of the protected animal species that can only be found in Suriname. The red and yellow heliconia is native to our country and the majestic kapok (ceiba) tree is a beautiful giant in our forest. The Voltzberg (Voltz Mountain) is one of Suriname’s many granite mountains. The seven women symbolize all women in Suriname who cherish this gift to pass it on to their children. Seven also symbolizes the seven days of God’s creation.”

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