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Service to focus on plight of strangers

Christians in Echuca will be taking part in World Day of Prayer next Friday.

KATHLEEN TONINI February 22, 2013 4:52am

Four-year-old Blake Edwards will take part in the World Day of Prayer on next Friday.

The World Day of Prayer sees millions of Christian worshippers pray together on one day.

This year, the event will happen on March 1, and the Echuca-based worship will be hosted by the Echuca-Moama Salvation Army.

Each year the event is hosted by a different church in town, and provides a non-denominational service for all who wish to attend.

The event will follow a service created by French women and will look at the theme of ‘‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’’.

The service will focus on a more equitable approach to ‘strangers’ in France — asylum seekers.

Organisers estimate the event will see three million people take part worldwide.

According to its website, the event is an ecumenical prayer movement developed from a Christian women’s perspective in response to issues of concern around the world.

The day first started in 1927 and over the past six years it is estimated the World Day of Prayer service has been translated into more than 90 languages, and experienced by more than 16million participants in more than 170 countries.

The service will be next Friday at 10am, at the Salvation Army at 50-52 Sturt St, Echuca.

A World Day of Prayer service will also be held at the Bamawm Uniting Church at 8pm.

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