Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 7, 2014. This year, the women of the WDP Egypt Committee invite us into a time of worship with the words of the prophet Isaiah; "I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert." With these words as backdrop, we are invited to learn about Egypt's history and rich cultural diversity.
An exploration of the Samaritan Woman's conversation with Jesus at a well offers us an opportunity for deep dialogue and reflection about the borders that we, like Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, have to cross to get to the streams of living water. The Samaritan woman by the well has a theological conversation with Jesus that ends with action; much like our motto informed prayer led to prayerful action. They were able to cross their religious and cultural differences and build a common ground that then empowered her to bring change to her community.
This year's service will be held on March 7th, 10:30 a.m, at New Life Church, 117 E Hwy 175, Reinbeck. Six Grundy County churches will be participating in this event.
Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Egypt in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness. The annual offering supports to work of World Day of Prayer USA and helps meet the needs of families in Egypt and around the world who are victims of many forms of poverty, violence and injustice.
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God's kingdom. Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year a different country's committee serves as the writers of the World Day of Prayer worship service.
World Day of Prayer USA promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnerships, service and celebration. For more information, contact your local church or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA (www.wdp-usa.org).