This year, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia call us to worship considering the words “Come—Everything Is Ready.” With these words as backdrop, we are invited to learn about Slovenia’s history and rich cultural diversity. The women of Slovenia share their stories of intergenerational wisdom, traditions, and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance. The focus is on Jesus’ parable of the Great Dinner (in Lk. 14:15–24). One phrase in the
worship service especially captures the ideas we will explore: “Welcoming God, in your love, you have prepared a table for all, and you inspire us to open our hearts and homes to offer a place to the ones who are not yet at the table.”
This year’s service will be held on Thursday, March 7, 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 406 West Phillip Ave. in Wesley Hall.
Invite your friends, family, and communities of faith to join the women of Slovenia in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing, and wholeness. The annual offering supports the work of World Day of Prayer USA and helps meet the needs of families in Slovenia 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. And each year, we are called to action in response to the concerns raised by the writer country.
For more information, contact First United Methodist Church or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA (www.wdp-usa.org).