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Wilmington Church dedicates prayer service to Ukraine

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A Wilmington church dedicates a regular prayer service to the war-torn nation of Ukraine.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A church in Wilmington dedicates a regular prayer service to the war-torn nation of Ukraine.

St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church holds a community-centered prayer and meditation service every Wednesday. Pastor John McLaughlin says it gives people the opportunity to pray and reflect together on what is happening in the world.

“I think prayer works in two ways. First, it certainly works in the cosmos and the universe and helps get things done in the world, but it also changes us,” McLaughlin said. “There is a wonderful quote from Pope Francis that says ‘first we pray for the hungry and then we feed them.’ I thought this would be a perfect way for us to air our grievances and lamentations before God and continue to do what we can to help.

This week, the church dedicated the meditation session to the Ukrainian people with the aim of strengthening the sense of community.

“Knowing that even though we can’t fly and do anything on the ground right now, we can at least be together here,” McLaughlin said.

The church holds a prayer and meditation service every Wednesday at 6 p.m.