Qld Catholics to join other Christians in rain prayer

Queensland Catholics and other Christian denominations will unite with the state's Premier Peter Beattie next week in a common prayer to break the drought that has the state at crisis point.

The Brisbane Catholic Leader reports that Archbishop John Bathersby will join the Queensland Premier and other heads of Christian churches for the launch of "Water: a Time for Prayer" at a morning prayer service at the Anglican St John's Cathedral next Wednesday.

According to the campaign's website, hosted by the Brisbane archdiocese, the week of prayer is "responding to the dire need for rain, to the suffering of all those who are drought affected, and to the urgent need to play our part in caring for our natural environment in this time of climate change."

Prayer services will then take place in churches across the state on 5 and 12 November.

A common prayer titled, "We pray together across Queensland", has been released for the occasion.

In a letter to Christian communities across the state, the heads of Churches said the situation had reached crisis point.

The letter, signed by the heads of 10 Christian churches, said water reserves were so low in most of the state that Premier Peter Beattie had asked them to urge all Churches to pray for rain.

The signatories also recognised the need for people and governments to conserve water and care for the environment.

Praying together for rain (Catholic Leader, 29/10/06)

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Water: A Time for prayer | Invitation letter (PDF)

27 Oct 2006