The women of the Deborah Circle of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on West Andrew Johnson Highway are hosting a World Day of Prayer worship service and luncheon at noon on April 8.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement of Christian women from 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 leads the World Day of Prayer worship service, interpreting the Bible in its own context and raising issues of mission, justice and peace.
The 2022 World Day of Prayer will celebrate the women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The service traditionally takes place on the first Friday in March. However, due to the Covid pandemic, the women of Deborah Circle were given permission to provide service and lunch a month later.
The April 8 call to worship will begin with the words “I know the plans I have for you,” inspired by Jeremiah 29:1-14. The program is based on the letter that the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the exiles of Babylon. The exiles were in a place of pain, uncertainty, and opposing views on how to react in the moment.
During the gathering, participants will hear the stories of women who feel excluded, listen to the fear of a refugee child and learn to see the context of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-faith society in England, Wales and the North. Ireland.
For Jeremiah, God’s plan was clear, and we share that assurance as we sing it. Let us celebrate hope by lighting a candle in the name of the seven regions of the world, knowing that our action of prayer can give life to the promises of God who, like a Mother and a Father, cares for us all.
We are given a seed of hope to think about where it should be planted in our lives and in our communities.
Take this opportunity to raise awareness of the needs of your community and offer the gifts of prayers and commitment. A seed, nourished by intercessory prayers and loving actions, unites us all over the world.
Thanks to the WDP offer, women share their resources with women and children around the world. Since the first WDP worship service, celebrated worldwide in 1927, offerings have been collected each year at every WDP worship service.
As women unite in prayer with women everywhere, asking God to relieve their suffering, to bring healing, to mend brokenness, to overcome barriers and to bring peace, justice and well-being, they collect all that they can give as an offering. It is up to each national committee of WDP to determine the use and distribution of the offer.
Offerings collected at services are granted by WDP National Committees to non-profit organizations that address issues identified by the writer country. WDP’s motto is “Enlightened prayer. Action of prayer. The World Day of Prayer USA promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnership, service and celebration.
Over the years, a common understanding has developed that limited expenses for the operation of national committees and for the promotion of the WDP in a country could, by decision of the committee, be paid from the collected offering. The principle was and is that the hiring of part-time or full-time staff is to serve the work of the WDP and its commitment to enlightened prayer and prayerful action.
With the formation of the WDP International Committee (WDPIC) in 1968, the constitution of the WDPIC called on WDP National Committees to contribute from the offer to financially support the co-ordinating work of the International Committee. In all of these developments, the basic understanding of the meaning and purpose of the offer has remained unchanged. As this process repeats itself every year, there is continued growth and renewal in the global movement.
The service will include an opening prayer, the lighting of a candle, greetings of welcome, singing – including “Praise him! Praise him!” written by Fanny Crosby – Bible readings, prayers of confession and intercession, and stories of hope.
To reserve lunch, call the church at 423-586-1621 and leave a message with the name of the person or group attending, the number of attendees, and a contact number.