World Day of Prayer services encourage women and men to respond to the needs others. This year’s service will be at 10 a.m. March 2 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo with fellowship at 9 a.m., prior to the service. Child care is available.   


World Day of Prayer services encourage women and men to respond to the needs others.

This year’s service will be at 10 a.m. March 2 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo with fellowship at 9 a.m., prior to the service. Child care is available.    

World Day of Prayer 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.  Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration.  

Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service.

Janet Larson of First Lutheran, said, “The Christian women of Malaysia invite us to join them for this year’s World Day of Prayer.

“They strive to be neighbors within a multi-religious country and among a Muslim majority, so they open the service with ‘Selamat datang’ – Peace and welcome.

“This greeting is a reminder that harmony as a people is rooted in peace and welcome,” she said. “They name fair and just governance as the basis for harmony in the social order.  They remind us, however, that the ideal of peace and harmony is undermined by corruption and greed, and it is distorted when voices for truth and justice are silenced.”
Larson said a hymn of trust serves as a transition to the Gospel reading from Luke.  “The women of Malaysia contextualize Luke’s parable by telling the story of Irene Fernandez, who reported the suffering of migrant workers. She was charged, found guilty of spreading false information and imprisoned for 13 years.”

“In the Old Testament, the prophet Habakkuk is disturbed by the desperate conditions around him and complains bitterly to God,” Larson explained. “One needs to read Habakkuk closely to realize that in pain and doubt, God offers an inner strength that is needed for justice to prevail.”

The 2012 World of Prayer service encourages worshipers to respond from their own context to the theme, “Let Justice Prevail.”

The history of the first organized day of prayer held nationally is traced to Jan. 9, 1920, in Canada. In the United States, the first organized day of prayer was on Feb. 20, 1920.

Now, hundreds of thousands of women, and men, youth and children from around the world and in every region gather to collectively worship on the first Friday in March, and World Day of Prayer is supported by sacrificial and benevolent mission offerings given by individuals through the annual services.

World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom.  For more information, visit www.wdp-usa.org.
For more information about World Day of Prayer in Geneseo, contact Larson at 944-6931.