Ellinwood United Methodist Church will observe the World Day of Prayer and invites the public to join with women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions around the world in worship at a special service on March 4 at 1:30 p.m.
This year, the women of the WDP Committee of Cuba call us into worship considering the words “Receive children, receive me.” With these words as backdrop, we are invited to learn about Cuba’s history and rich cultural diversity.
The women of Cuba share their stories of tradition, intergenerational wisdom and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance. Through the worship service, we learn of Jesus’ profound teaching of acceptance as he states, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mk. 10:14–15). As we listen to the women of Cuba throughout the worship service, we are invited to wholly receive others, as Jesus calls us, into the kingdom of God.
Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Cuba in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness. The annual offering supports to work of World Day of Prayer USA and helps meet the needs of families in Cuba 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 realm. 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 writers of the World Day of Prayer worship service.