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North Highland United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

World Day of Prayer 2017

World Day of Prayer • March 3, 2017

World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service. The 2016 World Day of Prayer service will begin at the first sunrise on March 3, 2017, in the Pacific region and, following the Earth’s orbit, will spread around the world.

For 2017, the women of the Philippines invite us to consider these words: “Am I being unfair to you?” The women of the Philippines share their stories of intergenerational wisdom, traditions, and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance. We will learn of a cultural practice called

dagwa laboring on neighbors’ farms and sharing the harvest among all. It is a way to build and sustain a community. The theme for 2017 is

taken from Matthew 20:1–16, the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. While Jesus sees nothing wrong in giving generously, the workers react differently and feel entitled to receive more. As we listen to the women of the Philippines throughout the worship service, we are called to confess, to take responsibility, and to answer God’s call for justice.

WDP’s motto, “Informed prayer leads to prayerful action,” affirms that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence. As we observe WDP 2017, millions of God’s people suffer from violence, exploitation, the effects of a global economic crisis, and the hardships of emigration. We encourage you to begin thinking about actions that you can take to further expand God’s kingdom. Throughout the service, the women of WDP Philippines invite us to accept Jesus’ infinite blessing and exhort us to receive others into the kingdom of God. Let us walk infaith and prayerful action!