World Day of Prayer next Thursday
August 31, 2004
Hundreds of thousands of people across the globe on Thursday will join Silent Unity, an international and transdenominational prayer ministry, and Unity churches around the world in a sacred partnership of prayer – the 11th annual World Day or Prayer. This sacred event has traditionally been held on the second Thursday of September.
At South Lake Tahoe, Unity is joining with the Jewish community, Temple Bat Yam, is an interfaith prayer vigil. The public is urged to join at any time between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Temple Bat Yam, 326 Pioneer Trail, corner of Pioneer Trail and Saddle Drive. To sign up for a one-hour vigil call Unity at the Lake at (530) 544-2266.
World Day of Prayer is an interfaith event open to people of all faiths and all walks of life. Its purpose is to unite as many people as possible in prayer for one another. Unity believes prayer is a powerful way to achieve healing, harmony and understanding. For more information about World Day of Prayer visit http://www.worlddayofprayer.org. This year’s World Day of Prayer theme is “United in God’s Presence” and the special prayer that is being used to help focus people’s minds and hearts is “One with you, dear God, I am united with all creation. In this sacred moment of prayer, I open my heart in faith to You and to Your infinite blessings.”
Unity minister Denese Schellink describes the aligning power of prayer in the following way, “Do you have those blessed moments when you know with absolute certainty that you are in complete accord with God, your loved ones, your surroundings, and with all of God’s creations? That’s what prayer does. It lifts us to new heights of joy and strengthens our ever-increasing awareness of God’s presence in our lives and in all creation.”
“These are magnificent moments of pure oneness. Together, we can share one of these moments of universal oneness by opening our hearts in faith and uniting in prayer during World Day of Prayer.”
World Day of Prayer was first held in 1994. It is organized by Unity, which is based in Unity Village, Mo., near Kansas City. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated as prayer partners. Millions more were the focus of prayer during special World Day of Prayer vigils each year. Last year the names of an estimated 1.3 million people were prayerfully acknowledged during the vigil.
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Unity was founded in 1889 and welcomes all people. Unity helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Unity is on the Internet at http://www.unityonline.org.
Unity publishes “Daily Word,” a monthly magazine of inspirational messages that is distributed to about one million people in 175 countries. Unity’s transdenominational prayer ministry, Silent Unity, maintains a 24-hour prayer vigil every day of the year and received two million letters, telephone calls and Internet requests for prayer annually. Anyone in need of prayer support may call 1-800-669-7729.