World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer

As part of the Turramurra Wahroonga Interchurch Fellowship, it is our turn to host the Word Day of Prayer 2020 at Holy Name on Friday, 6th March at 11:00am. This year the service has been written by the people of Zimbabwe. The theme is “Rise, Take your Mat and Walk.”

To help make this a special and meaningful service, we would be delighted if any members of our parish would have experiences of knowledge of life in Zimbabwe and could perhaps give a short talk on the day. Please contact either Sandi, Tess or Annette 0439 649 906 or the Parish Office 9489 3221 if you can help.

Everyone is welcome to attend the
planning meeting for the Service at
2.00pm Friday, 7th February in the Parish Sunroom.

The WDP 2020 program is based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. Jesus asked –“Do you want to be made well?” You are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus. Our sisters from Zimbabwe are taking Jesus’ encounter to be a call to act in love for peace and reconciliation. “The action verbs suggest that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God is offering us the steps for personal and social transformation.”

We are empowered to take up our mats. No more waiting powerlessly on the mat. As expressed in the WDP 2020 painting by Nonhlanhla Mathe, let us give a healing hand to the needy, let us embrace children with love as their future is ahead, and let us open our arms in joy as the time to rise up has come. This is the time for change!

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.