OTTAWA — Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 7. This year, the women of the WDP Committee of Egypt invite us 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 backdrop, we are invited to learn about Egypt’s history and rich cultural diversity.

An exploration of the Samaritan woman’s conversation with Jesus at the well offers us an opportunity for deep dialogue and reflection about the borders that we, like Jesus and the Samaritan woman, must cross to get to streams of living water. The woman by the well has a theological conversation with Jesus that ends with action. Our motto – “informed prayer leads to prayerful action” – follows that example. Jesus and the woman were able to transcend their religious and cultural differences and build a common ground that then empowered the woman to bring change to her community.

This year’s service will be held on Friday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ottawa. A luncheon will be provided after the service. Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Egypt in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness.