Unity Church of Today plans special day of prayer
Every year Unity School of Christianity and its non-denominational prayer ministry, Silent Unity, selects one special day, the second Thursday in September, and designates it “Unity World Day of Prayer.” This year it is Sept. 11.
Unity World Day of Prayer is a time for people from many different faiths, cultures, and nations to unite for one purpose: to pray. Prayers have been the cornerstone of the Unity movement for more than 100 years. Unity believes prayer is a powerful conduit for healing, harmony and understanding.
Unity Church of Today will be holding special times of ongoing prayer, meditation and silence at the Genoa Community Church on Thursday, Sept. 11. Prayer times will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prayer request forms are available at the church office and at the church on Sunday. Requests for prayer will be placed in the prayer box and held in prayer during this 24-hour vigil and then forwarded to Silent Unity for an additional 30 days of prayer. The Unity church is joining approximately 900 Unity churches and study groups around the world in this effort.
This year’s theme is “Be still and know that I am God.” These inspired words from Psalm 46:10 reveal the essence of prayer, which is a quiet inner knowing that God is in charge of everything.
The affirmation for this year’s World Day of Prayer is “I open my heart to Your sacred presence, dear God, and trust in Your Enduring love.” The Rev. Maryellen Youngs, minister of Unity Church of Today in Genoa, agreed with the statement of Richard Jaffola, co-director of Silent Unity, who said, “Unity World Day of Prayer is a heart-to-heart connection with people all over the world who are praying the same prayer, hungering for the same God, and looking for the same peace in their lives and in the world.”
Ministers, friends and employees of Unity School of Christianity, located at Unity Village, near Kansas City, Mo., will keep a 24-hour prayer vigil from midnight local time on Sept. 10 until midnight on Sept. 11. The names of people sent to Unity will be prayerfully and confidentially acknowledged. Last year, during this special prayer vigil, the names of nearly 1.5 million people were remembered in prayer.
“We truly believe that people want strongly in their hearts to be part of a global community,” said Mary-Alice Jaffola, co-director of Silent Unity.
Unity School of Christianity was founded in 1889 and is open to all people seeking a spiritual resource for daily living. It is the home of a worldwide ministry of prayer, education and publishing. Unity publishes the “Daily Word,” a monthly magazine of daily inspirational messages.
Unity’s prayer ministry, Silent Unity, maintains a 24-hour prayer vigil every day of the year and receives more than two million letters and telephone calls annually.
Anyone may call to receive prayer support at (816) 969-2000. People may call 782-4282 for an inspiring message 24 hours a day.