March 7, 2016 – March 4 was a day for women, men and children of all cultures to come together and celebrate their faith during the annual World Day of Prayer. Carroll Lutheran Village hosted the Carroll County event, which was planned by Church Women United of Carroll County. Women from seven area churches and fourth and fifth grade students from Carroll Lutheran School took part in the service.
World Day of Prayer is a global movement of Christian women in more than 170 countries and regions who come together one day a year in prayer to affirm their faith. Each year the service is prepared by women from a different country. This years’ service was written by the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Cuba, who invited worshippers into the Kingdom with the words “Receive children, receive me.”
“In the time in which Jesus lived, children had no place. They were the most vulnerable, very different from the society we live in today,” said Nancy Dean with Church Women United of Carroll County and the chair of World Day of Prayer. “For Jesus to acknowledge children in His presence and to accept them was totally unheard of and certainly helped to change the ethical norm in his time.”
Throughout the service we also learned about Cuba’s history and rich cultural diversity as the women of Cuba shared their stories of tradition, intergenerational wisdom and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance.
For more information about World Day of Prayer in the United States visit www.wdp-usa.org.