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Wave of Prayer Around the World

Updated on April 22, 2016
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Bronwen was a teacher for over forty years. Degrees include School Librarianship, Psycholinguistics and Theology, and Applied Linguistics.

The Importance of Daily Prayer

Every day around the world, members of the Anglican/ Episcopal Mothers' Union (MU) pray for people in their own and in other countries. This is done through the use of prayer booklets and prayer leaflets.

It's so lovely to think that we pray for so many people and countries and to know that they are praying for us. In some of the countries it is difficult to be a Christian and in some it is downright dangerous. How important it is that we pray for peace and safety for these people and their families, and for their governments that they make good decisions for all the people in their care.

Australia: Two Victorian Dioceses
Australia: Two Victorian Dioceses | Source

2014 Theme

The theme of the service here this year is 'Called to Serve.' It is based on Matthew 20.28:

'The Son of man came not to be served but to serve.'

This was Jesus' example of the way we should live and one that we try to follow.

Annual Prayer Service

As well as the devotional services that are held each time we meet, annual prayer services are held in each place where there are MU members. In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the dates set aside for this are 16th to 20th July, and so our special services are held around this time every year in this Diocese.

On the same dates, the places we pray for are praying for us. We often hold the service in the church where we have our meetings, but as our particular group meets in the evenings, we usually make our Wave of Prayer Service extra special by having a 'potluck' meal together in someone's home, and holding the service there.

I have made the posters shown in the photographs and after our meal, there will be a game. Each person will be given three or four strips of paper with a question on each. To find most of the answers, the participants must try to find them on the posters in a limited length of time. Then we will go through the questions and answers and see how many have answered all their questions correctly. Maybe, there'll even be small prizes for the winners.

In this way, we will learn more about the people and countries before we begin the service.

The Service this year includes

  • A reading from Philippians 2.1-11,
  • Prayers for each of our link Dioceses,
  • Information about each country and the MU groups there,
  • Some hymns.

We take turns reading the Scripture, prayers and information, so that most members of the group have a chance to participate. Before each person chosen to read about a country begins, she lights a candle for that country.

All the other countries and groups are linked in this way, too, so the prayers continue somewhere each day all around the world.

The History of MU

Mothers' Union was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, by the wife of the Rector of Old Alresford, near Winchester in England. She wanted to help women and uplift people to see that motherhood was a special calling. It expanded quickly to a number of countries and was established in Melbourne in 1895. Two years later, Queen Victoria became its patron.

There are now over four million members worldwide and MU has extended to include anyone who will uphold its Aims and Objectives. It is a Christian charity that has as its goal the support of monogamous marriage and family life, especially when families are experiencing adversity.

Dioceses in Sudan, Uganda and Wales
Dioceses in Sudan, Uganda and Wales | Source

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Our Link Dioceses

Each year at this time we are linked with seven other Dioceses; our Melbourne Diocese is linked with those of

  • Wangaratta (also in Victoria)
  • Grahamstown in South Africa
  • Cueibet in South Sudan
  • Kinkiizi in Uganda,
  • Bondo in Kenya,
  • Egbu in Nigeria, and
  • St. David's in Wales.

It is so interesting learning more about these people and places and we often keep in touch with some of the people by letter, and by visiting them if we have the opportunity to travel.

Dioceses in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa
Dioceses in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa | Source

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool indeed. Just spreading goodness is so fantastic.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thats amazing! I never knew about it before, but its great to see one close to home in Wales too, how wonderful!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Blossom,

      Daily prayer for our world is so essential and we when we think we are unable to do anything in this world to help, when it is praying that truly impacts a hurting world, as He hears and He heals.

      Beautiful reminder to pray daily for all.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Ericdierker: Thank you. As Tennyson wrote, 'More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.'

      Nell Rose: It is amazing. Mostly they are quiet workers, dedicated to helping others. I'm fairly sure you'd find MU groups in most British dioceses. I know Ely was one of the first.

      Faith Reaper: Thank you so much for your beautiful, encouraging comments. Lovely!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      blossoms what an amazing hub period...

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is welcome news! So many have turned their backs on prayer.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: Thank you so much, Frank.

      WillStarr: That is so true and yet it's the way we communicate with our Father. Fortunately, He doesn't turn His back on us when we remember the power of prayer and turn back to Him.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I grew up in England and remember the Mother's Union movement well. Lovely to know the strength is still there and the prayers reach across the miles.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      travmaj: How lovely that you remember the movement. As well as our prayers for nearby and far off places we do give support in other ways. MU is alive and well in many parts of Australia, it's just that we don't make a big noise about it.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Thank you, Blossom.

      Your prayers are much needed and it is especially necessary for some places in this troubled world.

      It's so good that you recognise the importance of prayer, and meet with a prayer group. Many of our inspirations are handed down to us either from the ether, mother nature, or from others who came before us. In the same way, we can and do influence those who follow.

      I wish you God's peace and commend you to His Grace. Have a peaceful evening.

      Manatita

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the idea of a prayer going around the entire world. There are so many places in the world that has no peace, wars and cruel leaders abound. Wonderful indeed.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is the first I have heard of this group. I love their mission to pray for people around the world. Prayer does change things for the better. Thanks for sharing this information.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      manatita44: It is true that our prayers are so much needed all around the world. We can receive what we need to pray for from so many sources, including the media for what is happening in the world, and our inspiration, as you write, from others, and also from the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your blessing. May God bless you, too.

      always exploring: We seem to hear of so many dreadful things happening to people around the world, it is truly wonderful that we can come to our Father and intercede for them in their troubles. We are so blessed, living where we do.

      teaches12345: We don't hear of MU much, and yet there are groups in so many countries. Mostly they meet and work together quietly, but on occasion they do have a voice on various issues. I remember when we lived in a fairly remote rural area and our group managed to get the local authorities to have white lines painted on the sides of the more main roads so that children could walk to school more safely.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The mission prayer around the world is such a beautiful idea. I am a fervent believer in prayer…the strength of many in this fashion can work wonders. Thank you for sharing this with us, Blossom.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Genna East: Yes, it is a beautiful idea and lovely to be a part of prayer that goes around the world. We need it so much at the moment with all the wars and rumours of wars and a civilian plane being shot down. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      The MU have done so much! it's amazing!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      midget38: Thank you - it is amazing what they have been able to accomplish, or rather, what God has accomplished through ordinary people.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      The world could certainly use more prayer and less violence. Imagine if ALL the folks who say they are motivated by their faith reached for scriptures and prayer instead of a gun or a knife. It would surely be a better world.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      poetryman6969: How true! A better world for everyone would be so achievable if we all spent more time in prayer! God bless you and thank you for your comments.

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