St. Paul’s United Methodist will host World Day of Prayer March 4
Women and men in Portage County will join others in more than 170 countries and regions to celebrate World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 4.
Church Women United will lead the local prayer service at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 600 Wilshire Blvd., Stevens Point. Fellowship will follow.
World Day of Prayer promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnerships, service and celebration. The event is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
The motto for 2016 is “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and the host country is Cuba, where the women are calling on other women to explore the depths of God’s love and accept the invitation to receive the realm of God as a little child.
Sandro de la Rosa has shared his painting “Origamis de Paz y Esperanza” with the World Day of Prayer community. His oil-on-canvas painting is reminiscent of the Copper Virgin, patron saint of Cuba, and depicts a young girl holding an origami crane (the crane is a symbol of peace in Japan) against a backdrop of lavish clouds. The artist painted origami ships on the waves of the girl’s dress, symbolizing the voyages of Cuban people traveling through the Straits of Florida.
Through World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation, to be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures, to take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them, and to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society.
Among the churches in Portage County participating in the event are St. Joseph Convent, St. Stephen Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plover, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Peter Catholic Church, Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
The annual offering at the event will support the work of World Day of Prayer and help meet the needs of families in regions of turmoil worldwide. For more information visit the website www.wdp-usa.org.