World Day of Prayer at the Abbey Church

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 by Abbey_admin

Would you believe I’ve just been to Cuba! Well hypothetically that is. I was invited to sit on the World Day of Prayer Committee, the said day being held in my Church, the Abbey Church at St Michael’s in Caboolture. How glorious is that! But not so glorious for the women and children of Cuba. They are still undervalued in society. It is some of these women who prepared the beautiful Service we held in our Church earlier today, 4th March. The theme reflected Mark 9:3-7 “Anyone who welcomes a child in My name welcomes me.’

Some of the Committee represented women from all walks of life within Cuba. They told us about how they kept their faith alive under Communist rule. Even though women are doctors, architects, teachers, builders, musicians and hairdressers their salaries are not sufficient for their needs. They live in hope for a better future for their young people.

Ladies dressed for the World day of Prayer in their "Cuban" themed costumes in front of a 60 year old car.

Ladies dressed for the World day of Prayer in their “Cuban” themed costumes in front of a 60 year old car.

Hearing about Cuba’s women’s living conditions makes me feel blessed I live in a country where there is freedom of speech and religion. I don’t feel pressured by governmental or political issues. I really admire these women’s faith and courage and the joy they hold in their hearts to make way for a better future for them all.

The Service today was one of praise for our Lord and King; for confessing that children’s rights are not respected; and forgiveness.

The  Year 3 students from St Michael’s College sang two beautiful songs about understanding differences and being in union with the world.

It was while the children were singing I suddenly realized that this particular service was being performed around the world some at the same time others just a few minutes, a few hours apart and we were all part of this unification a joining together in prayer. What a wonderful experience. The power of prayer can be truly effective. My understanding is it’s like a form of telepathy and all ‘radio waves’ leading to our God.

Fr George leads World Day of Prayer at the Abbey Church.

Fr George leads World Day of Prayer at the Abbey Church.

Our guest speaker Edith Cuffe gave a brief outline of Cuba’s history and encouraged all of us to follow the example of the Cuban women to live in love peace and harmony and to spread this theme throughout the world.

I pray and hope the prayers we offered today will be answered for the women of Cuba and for all nations who are suffering suppression.

 

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