Atonement Lutheran Church Hosts World Day of Prayer March 1
Lincoln County will join women, men, and children in more than 170 countries and regions in celebrating World Day of Prayer (WDP) on Friday, March 1. This year’s service will be at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 North Coast Highway, Newport, at noon.
All people of faith and denominations are invited to attend. Atonement is handicap-accessible, and child care will be provided. For further information, contact the office at Atonement, 541-265-2554.
This year, the women of the WDP Committee of Slovenia invite participants into a time of worship with the concept of Jesus’ parable of the Great Dinner (in Luke 14:15-24)–“Come, everything is ready”–as a backdrop, people are invited to learn about Slovenia’s history and rich cultural diversity.
A free-will offering will be taken as part of the service. In 2018, grants from the USA offerings were used for projects such as education for children, prevention of domestic violence, clean water systems, and after-school centers.
After the service, cookies and breads, including some Slovenian treats will be offered for an additional time of fellowship.
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 of March. The first organized “day of prayer for the world” held nationally was in Canada on January 9, 1920. The United States soon followed on February 20 of that same year.
Now, hundreds of thousands of people around the world and in every region gather to collectively worship and pray. Services begin in the Pacific at sunrise and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year, a different country serves as the writer of the worship service and other materials.