A Warm welcome to everyone visiting this website of the World Day of Prayer (Scottish Committee)
The World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement initiated and carried forward by Christian women in more than 180 countries and over 1000 languages. Every year Christians of many traditions and all ages, celebrate a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March. Services are held all around the world, beginning in Tonga and New Zealand in the east and continuing throughout the day to Samoa and Alaska in the west. We bring the needs of the world, and of the writing country in particular, before Almighty God knowing that He will hear and answer us, as we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. God invites us to have a prayer relationship with Himself, but He also expects us to have concerned relationships with our neighbours, throughout the world. Prayer must be accompanied by action, as God moves our hearts and directs our thoughts. Many thanks to all the organisers who organised, participated or attended services written by the Christian Women of the writing country. We really appreciate your contribution.
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
I Know the Plans I Have For You
People have often found it difficult to accept new things – new ideas, new technology, the new ‘normal’! I remember when what we called ‘Twentieth Century’ hymns came out and only a few enjoyed the new tunes! One of these ‘Oh for a 1000 tongues to sing’ was on today’s Daily Service and I can still enjoy the toe-tapping music and will hopefully soon be able to sing it in Church!
Through the Pandemic WDP has continued, and has grown with the new technology and holding to the words ‘I know the plans I have for you’. Material for the 2022 services (be they virtual or face to face) are ready and preparation will begin and plans be made.
May you `Look forward in faith, all time is in God’s hand’. God bless you in your support of WDP and all your Christian witness.
Margaret Broster, Convener
A Message from the International Sub-group
The past year has been challenging, faced with the uncertainty of how long we would be in lockdown due to the pandemic. During the year the sub-group met by Zoom to continue planning for the International Meeting in 2022. We also met with Laurence Gangloff, Rosangela Oliveira and Susan Jackson-Dowd, members of the International Executive Committee, as there were concerns over whether we could host the International Meeting in Pollok Halls as originally planned. We did hope that by 2022 the current pandemic would have improved and the meeting would go ahead in Edinburgh. However, with the worldwide rise in various strains of the virus and delegates being reluctant to travel, the International Executive reached the decision that on this occasion, in the interests of safety, it would be wise to hold a Virtual meeting by Zoom. Although disappointed that we can no longer welcome our Sisters in Christ from around the world to Scotland, the WDP Scottish Committee unanimously agreed that we were willing to continue with our commitment as hosts, albeit in a virtual setting. Many gifts have been purchased and donated. These will be sent to delegates.
Please continue to pray for the International Executive and Scottish Committee as we look forward in faith, remembering the verse in Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ann Bowie, Convener International Group
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