On Friday 1st March 2019, there was a great wave of prayer going around the planet. The wave of prayer started at sunrise and finished at sunset in American Samoa. People were praying in over 120 countries and islands throughout the world. At St Martin’s, the prayer service (World Day of Prayer Service) was at 2.00 pm.
The service was written by the women of Slovenia. At the heart of the service, the theme was an open invitation to all, to sit at God’s table: “Come, Everything Is Ready”. The service combined music and drama. We sang well known and tuneful hymns as well as songs set to Slovenian folk music. At the start of the service, a table was set for a celebration with items which are commonly produced and used in Slovenia. The vase of red carnations and rosemary on the table was a symbol of celebration. We heard the voices of some of those who came to the table: wives, mothers and grandmothers, Roma people, refugees and migrant workers. Their stories reflected the political and economic situation in Slovenia from the time that it was a socialist- communist state to the present day. After listening to their stories, we asked forgiveness for being silent in the face of injustice and prayed that God would open our hearts to compassion and understanding.
We also prayed for God’s blessing to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice and peace. We prayed that we would not become complacent but would share God’s invitation: “Come, Everything Is Ready” with family, friends and neighbours.
Grateful thanks go to Father Nicholas, Jane and the participants and helpers from both St Martin’s and Roscoe who all contributed to the success of the service.
Lord, it’s been a busy day preparing food for the event at church. Everything is ready now.
It feels sometimes that throughout the ages, women have been slaving away in kitchens, preparing feasts for others to enjoy.
The bible is full of these stories.
- Abraham telling Sarah to go and make bread and roast a calf for his visitors at Mamre
- Abigail making all those fruitcakes for King David
- Esther producing a banquet for King Xerxes and wicked Haman
- Martha producing a meal for Jesus
But Lord, please:
- Remind me that I am blessed to have food to prepare like this while so many go hungry
- Remind me that it is a privilege to serve like this and what I do for others, I do as unto you
And thank you Lord, that YOU have prepared a feast for me – a feast of abundant life and rich blessings. And this is all of your grace, not anything that I have done.
And you call me to enjoy it saying, “Come, Everything Is Ready!”