Many of the churches in the South Delta area are participating in the World Day of Prayer next month.
The host church this year is South Delta Baptist and participating churches include Ladner United, Cedar Park Mennonite, Tsawwassen United, All Saints Anglican, Benediction Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic, St. David's Anglican, Trinity Lutheran (Point Roberts) and Ladner Baptist.
The country chosen for this year's focus is Malaysia (the program is written by women of Malaysia) and the theme is: Let Justice Prevail.
"It has been so good to get together as one larger church community to work together on this service and also to jointly learn more about how to pray for the people of Malaysia," says Ellen Neufeld, a member of South Delta Baptist Church's World Day of Prayer group. "And it is exciting to think that we will be part of something that is taking place all over the world."
The service is comprised of music, prayer, liturgy and a speaker from Malaysia. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served following the service.
The World Day of Prayer service is set for Friday, March 2 at 1: 30 p.m.
World Day of Prayer is traditionally held on the first Friday in March each year. Its origins date back to the 19th century when Christian women of the United States and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women's involvement in mission at home and in other parts of the world.
Each year a different region is selected.
The Women's InterChurch Council of Canada, which co-ordinates the World Day of Prayer in Canada, is committed to justice and is working to educate and encourage churches to a adopt appropriate actions in response to issues that affect women's lives. The council is currently focusing on issues of human trafficking, racism and violence against women.