WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
1st March 2013
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
Prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of France
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, St. Michael’s Anglican Church, The English Speaking Community of Nuestra
Señora de la Unidad Catholic Church, The International Bible Church and The United Community Church.
About World Day of Prayer 2013
About World Day of Prayer:
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 and action each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service, interpreting the Bible in their own context, and lifting up issues of mission, justice and peace that are important to them. Offerings collected during the services are granted by WDP national committees to non-profit organizations that deal with the issues identified by the writer-country.
The WDP motto is “Informed prayer, prayerful action.”
About the Worship Service:
The 2013 WDP service will begin at the first sunrise on 1st March 2013, in the pacific region, and following the earth’s orbit, will spread all around the world. In their service and bible studies, the women of the French WDP committee look for a Christian response to struggles concerning immigration and for ways to welcome “the stranger.”
They reach into Jesus’ identification with “the least of these” in Matthew 25 and draw on customs of hospitality found in Leviticus to paint a picture of welcoming the stranger. Through visual interpretation and personal stories, participants begin to put themselves in the shoes of “the stranger,” remembering their own feelings of being on the outside – and the blessings of welcoming.
About the Art:
Ann-Lise Hammann Jeannot, whose work is based on the play of light and shadow, created the art for WDP 2013. In her piece for WDP 2013, the grey “stranger” is bathed in a light that travels “through space to encompass the stranger. Equally, the light shines forth from the group, symbolized by shapes or stones in the lower part of the painting. A circle is created, welcomes the character.”
(please find complete information and Prayers in the attached pdf file).