“The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.” (Wikipedia)
Through the World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to become aware of the other countries and cultures and no longer live in isolation. They are also encouraged take up the burdens of other people, to sympathize with the problems of other countries and cultures and pray with and for them. They are further encouraged to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society. The World Day of Prayer aims to demonstrate that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.
Every year, worship service focuses on a different country and a specific theme. World Day of Prayer National/Regional Committees of that country prepare the order of worship on these themes to be used on the next World Day of Prayer.
On the first Friday of March, then, in services all over the world that country becomes the focus of prayer and understanding. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, women worldwide learn how their sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the biblical passages in their context. They learn of the concerns and needs of those women and to empathize and feel in solidarity with them.”
Women’s Interchurch Council of Canada – click here to visit their website
Forthcoming World Day of Prayer themes and writer countries
|2015||Jesus Said to them: Do You Know What I Have Done to you?”||The Bahamas|
|2016||Receive Children, Receive Me||Cuba|
|2017||Am I Being Unfair to You?||Philippines|
|2018||All God’s Creation is Very Good||Suriname|
|2019||Come, Everything is Ready||Slovenia|
|2020||Rise, Take up your Mat and Walk||Zimbabwe|
|2021||Build on a Strong Foundation||Vanuatu|
Sylvan United joins with other faiths in the community to deliver the service. The host church is different every year and the service is usually interactive and is not limited to women only.