World Day of Prayer service Friday at Hermansville church

HERMANSVILLE – The Hermansville Methodist Church will host a World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 7, at 1 p.m.

The 2014 World Day of Prayer service will begin at the first sunrise on Friday in the Pracific region and following the Earth’s orbit will spread all around the world.

This year, the women of the WDP Committee of Egypt invites the public around the world into a time of worship with the words of the prophet Isaiah, “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” With these words as backdrop, communities are invited to learn about Egypt’s history and rich cultural diversity. A young Egyptian woman shared her experiences in Tahrir Square – where she has found hope in dry places.

“An exploration of the Samaritan woman’s conversation with Jesus at the well echoes the cooperation between young people of different faiths during the Arab Spring, and prompts us to ask where we might have an unexpected, inspiring conversation,” said a spokesperson. “This moment offers us an immense opportunity for deep dialogue and reflection about the borders that we, like Jesus and the Samaritan woman, have to cross to get to streams of living water.”

The woman by the well has a theological conversation with Jesus that ends with action. Their motto, “Informed prayer leads to prayerful action” follows that example. Jesus and the woman were able to transcend their religious and cultural differences and build a common ground that then empowered the woman to bring change to her community.

The WDP USA community is invited to follow through in areas of concern lifted up by this year’s service, including the availability of clean water, support for girls’ education worldwide, intergenerational and interfaith dialogue and the Arab Spring. Through the original song “She Who Trusts in Me,” participants in WDP are invited to imagine themselves as springs of God’s living-water.

For more information about World Day of Prayer in the community, contact Marge Meyers at (906) 396-8913 or e-mail mgmeyers@uplogon.com.