(Women’s) World Day Of Prayer happens on the first Friday of March, and the order of service is compiled by women from a different country each year. (The first word is bracketed because they are trying to make it less exclusive. All are welcome.)
This year the women of Suriname, on the East coast of South America, gave us a beautifully constructed programme entitled “All God’s Creation is Very Good.” The focus was on encouraging us to use God’s creation well, and pass it on by reducing waste and recycling carefully. We heard each of seven women in the characters of the various ethnic groups in the country, which was formerly Dutch Guiana. We had symbols of the stages of creation: Light, water, animals of land and sea, fruit, life, and family.
With a mix of drama, prayer, old and modern hymns and two songs from Suriname, this was a joyful, fulfilling celebration of God’s gifts, despite the two week postponement and reduced numbers because of the snow.
Thanks to Maria Gibbins for all the work she did to coordinate this year’s service at Our Lady’s. It is a far bigger task than it seems.