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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 30, 2014

Churches to host World Day of Prayer

Feb 28, 2014

The 2014 World Day of Prayer services will begin at sunrise on March 7, in the Pacific region and, following the earth's orbit, will spread around the world.

This year, the World Day of Prayer Committee of Egypt invites everyone 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 a backdrop, participants are invited to learn about Egypt's history and rich diversity. A young Egyptian woman shares her experiences in Tahrir Square, where she found hope in a dry place.

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 people to ask where they might have an unexpected, inspiring conversation. This moment will offer an opportunity for deep dialogue and reflection about the borders people, like Jesus and the Samaritan woman, have to cross to get to streams of living water.

The woman at the well has a theological conversation with Jesus that ends with action. Jesus and the woman were able to transcend their religious and cultural differences and build a common ground that empowered the woman to bring change to her community.

In Washington, the World Day of Prayer service will begin at 1:30 p.m. March 7, at the First Baptist Church, located at 122 E. Second St. As part of the service, Deb McCreedy will say a few words about the Living Water and John Hays will present a short video on his recent trip to Africa and becoming "Streams in the Desert."

This is an ecumenical celebration for the men and women of the community and is presented by a united offering of the churches of Washington.

The participating churches are Washington Mennonite, United Methodist, United Presbyterian, St. James, Immanuel Lutheran, and First Baptist.

For more information, contact Lela Garton at 653-3956 or <lelagarton@gmail.com>.

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