'It's nice when different religions come together'
GLACE BAY â€” The public is invited to the annual World Day of Prayer, being held at Knox United Church, Commercial Street, Glace Bay, Friday, at 7 p.m.
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"It's for all denominations," said Susan Hiscock, chairperson of the United Church Women at Knox United.
Hiscock said a different church hosts the service every year, but all churches in Glace Bay and area participate.
Every year the service is written by a group of women from a Third World country. This year's service, Streams in the Desert, was written by the women of Egypt.
The service is described as being told through the voices of urban and rural, young and older Egyptian women, with the World Day of Prayer Committee of Egypt introducing their country on a human scale. They reveal Egypt as they live it: A country with one foot firmly planted in the past, teetering on the cusp of modernity, searching for the next step.
People are encouraged to attend and learn more about the culture and heritage of Egypt.
Hiscock said women from the different churches in the area got together Tuesday evening to prepare for the service. She said everyone plays an important role in the service.
"It's nice when different religions come together, including Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Salvation Army. That's what the community is all about."
"Our community is shrinking, our churches are shrinking, some day there will only be one church."
The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920.