It is not an usual to find the City’s Christian faithful at prayer in their respective churches, but on the first Friday in March all denominations came together for a World Day of Prayer.
More than three million people in over 170 countries joined in the service this year to celebrate their unity in Christ and their diversity in culture.
The movement was started by women in countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific, to bring together people of different races, cultures and traditions to share friendship and understanding.
This year’s service was prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee in Suriname with a theme of “All God’s creation is very good”.
Mandurah’s service was held in the Anglican Church Christ’s Church.
More than 100 people from all denominations gathered for worship and prayer for the people of Suriname and for their environment which is under threat from deforestation and mining.
There was recognition of the harm that had been done to the world and a commitment to be better stewards of the earth by recycling and re-using resources.
Funds raised from the service would be used for children’s educational activities.
At the close of the service there was a commissioning of the 2019 day of prayer, which would see the Salvation Army named the host church in Mandurah.