C.C.C.S. Elders urge members to unite and pray
There will be a small change to the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa's (C.C.C.S.) Sunday services around the country so congregants may "unite, pray and seek the Lord's protection upon Samoa" during times of hardship.
In delivering the announcement on behalf of the Elders' Committee and the Leadership of the church, Reverend Elder Asotasi said the purpose behind the change was to galvanise the church during times of difficulty.
The change follows a special announcement made by the Chairman of the C.C.C.S.'s Elders Committee, Reverend Elder Asotasi Gu Time over the weekend, which was aired on E.F.K.S. T.V.
In delivering the announcement on behalf of the Elders' Committee and the Leadership of the church, Reverend Elder Asotasi said the purpose behind the change is so people can "unite, pray and seek the Lord's protection upon Samoa" during current times of difficulty.
Reverend Elder Asotasi said given the current situation the country is facing right now they did not want to "remain quiet and not do anything about it."
He also used the opportunity to remind C.C.C.S. members and the country that when they find themselves sailing rough seas, it's best to put their trust and faith in God.
With that in mind, the Elders of the church are urging the different parishes around the country to unite and pray together for Samoa:
"On May 30, we are kindly asking all the parishes to come together and host services as a district in Samoa. Those who are residing overseas should do the same in the best way possible as they are also going through difficult times in the different countries they live in.
"It is our hope that we all unite, pray, and have faith in God for our beloved country.
"It's time we come together and pray, pray and pray, placing our faith in God's hands for He will do great things for Samoa.
"We believe that despite our differences and the fact that we are from different places, praying together can unite all of us, children of the Lord.
"He is our hope, our shelter, our comfort and we find peace and love under his wings.
"The stormy seas and hurricanes obey his words; therefore, whatever we seek of him, in unity and in faith, he will gladly give it to us.
"Let us pray together for our country, our leaders, and for our people."
So on Sunday, the different congregations will not host their services as they normally do on Sundays. Instead, they will gather together as a district and pray together.
Earlier this week, the Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe echoed through the same message, urging people of Samoa from the different denominations in the country to unite in prayers.