Community invited to prayer service

Community invited to prayer service A World Day of Prayer service will be held Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Vermillion First United Methodist Church, 16 N. Dakota Street. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

This service is open to the Vermillion community. All are welcome to attend. Traditionally, the World Day of Prayer was only for women. However, men are now encouraged to attend also.

World Day of Prayer has not been celebrated in Vermillion for several years. In the past two years, a National Day of Prayer has been observed locally in May. Both services date back nationally for a long period of time. However, the two observances are different in their origin, and both are being revived for the Vermillion religious community.

Christians in over 170 countries around the world will gather on March 2 in observance of the World Day of Prayer. Begun in 1887 by a Presbyterian laywoman, this brings together informed prayer and prayerful action of international women from a myriad of backgrounds, culture, and Christian traditions. Since 1941, World Day of Prayer has been sponsored in the United States by Church Women United.

This year's service was written by Christian women of Samoa and focuses on the theme "Informed Prayer, Prayerful Action." It is based on the scripture passage found in Esther 4:1-16.

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