The Salvation Army Recognizes World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 5
The Salvation Army will recognize the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 5, 2010, with Salvation Army corps across the nation honoring the day in ways unique to each local unit. Members of the surrounding community are invited to participate in Salvation Army World Day of Prayer functions, submit prayer requests, or observe the day individually as they see fit. Needs from the local, national, and global level will be lifted up as those around the United States and the rest of the world remember the day.
Many corps will be hosting prayer vigils with participants praying at the Salvation Army site, in their own home, or elsewhere. While the details of such vigils vary around the country, they are all opportunities to foster community involvement and commit to an increased emphasis on prayer.
Major Susan Stinson with The Salvation Army corps in Niagara Falls, NY said that in an effort to accommodate schedules and best benefit those who desire to be involved, volunteers at this location may select at least one 15 minute time slot during the length of their vigil, which lasts from 6pm to 12 midnight on Friday. They are able to pray at home or wherever they find themselves during this period of time, using provided prayer books that list needs from the local community. A prayer breakfast will be held Saturday morning where participants can come together and discuss their thoughts of the vigil.
Other Salvation Army units will incorporate in the day’s events a special worship service, which may include songs or a message in addition to prayer.
The corps in Alexandria, VA is an example of one such unit that will hold a noontime service in which local congregations and members of the community are welcome to join. Donations will be accepted afterward for Salvation Army disaster relief efforts currently under way in Haiti and Chile. A container will also be available for people to deposit prayer requests anytime during the corps’ 24 hour vigil that ends at noon on Saturday.
Captain Ken Argot of the Alexandria corps explained that the focus of The World Day of Prayer supports The Salvation Army’s mission to indiscriminately meet human need in the name of Christ. “Prayer is important,” he said. “If we don’t do this, we can’t do any of the other things we need to do.”
The World Day of Prayer is carried out by men and women in more than 170 countries and regions across the globe. It is meant to encourage fellowship and understanding between people, help carry the burdens of others, and enrich life through faith.
For more information about how you can join with The Salvation Army to participate in The World Day of Prayer, contact your local Salvation Army corps.
About The Salvation Army
Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church
established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name
without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30
million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year
through the broadest array of social services that range from providing
food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the
disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the
homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of
every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000
communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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