What if all the people in the world prayed for peace, justice, wholeness and healing on the same day? Could their informed prayer and action make the world a better place for all? Women, men and children in 170 countries and regions in the world believe it can.
This year, on March 7, First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., will host one of thousands of global ecumenical World Day of Prayer services. Coffee and fellowship with begin at 9 a.m., with the service to follow at 9:30 a.m.
Each year a different country is responsible for planning the program; this year’s has been prepared by Egypt. The theme is “Streams in the Desert,” based on words from the prophet Isaiah, “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” As the emphasis of the day is on informed prayer, participants will learn about the rich and diverse culture and history of Egypt, and pray for families in Egypt and around the world who are victims of many forms of poverty, violence and injustice.
The entire community is invited – and encouraged – to join this effort of so many different churches and cultures to promote peace and justice through “informed prayer which leads to informed action,” the motto of the International World Day of Prayer committee.
The First United Methodist Church is handicapped accessible through the Fourth Street entrance. For more information, call the church office at 815 756-6301.