Friday 6th March 2020
Rise! Take your mat and walk
Prepared by the women of Zimbabe
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 “Informal 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.
This year’s service has been arranged by the women of Zimbabwe. It 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?” We are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus.
The women of 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, an artist from Zinbabwe, 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!
Don’t forget the World Day of Prayer services in Leamington Spa
Friday March 6th at 2.00pm at Lillington Free Church
and at 7.00pm at Holy Trinity Church.