Welcome to the World Day of Prayer 2023
“I Have Heard About Your Faith”
The theme is God’s promise in the letter to the Ephesians, which is an invitation to active listening, which is the ground of our prayers. Following the example of the letter (Ephesians 1:15-19), where the author praises the church for their faith in Jesus and love toward all the saints, the worship service contextualizes the witness of the saints with the stories from Taiwan.
For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the boundless greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His mightEphesians 1:15-19 New American Standard Bible
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Program was written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of England, Wales & Northern Ireland for WDP 2022.
Jeremiah 29:1-14 In the midst of all the uncertainties we are living under due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WDP 2022 theme emerges like a balm of confidence. It is an invitation to place our trust in God in times of suffering.
The program is based on the letter that the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylonia. The exiles were in a context of suffering, uncertainty, and opposing views on how to respond to the moment. Today, we come together to hear the stories of women who feel excluded, listen to the fear of a child refugee and learn to see the context of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-faith society in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI).
WDP2020 Program written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of EWNI
‘We are steeped in history. Through exploitation, piracy, trade and colonisation, we industrialised early, and saw developments in science, maths, medicine and industry. We are increasingly more aware of the role of the empire in the slave trade and the effects of technological advances on climate change.’EWNI World Day of Prayer service writers
Artist: Hui-Wen HSAIO
Hui-Wen HSAIO was born in Tainan, Taiwan, in 1993. In 2017, she received her bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design at Kun Shan University in Tainan. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Intermedia Art Therapy (Intermediate Kunstterapie) at MSH Medical School in Hamburg, Germany.
“I cherish my God-given talents and serve God with my artwork. I humbly hope people will know God through my art.”Hui-Wen HSAIO
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Words and Music by Lucy Hole for 2022 WDP EWNI program
© WDPIC. Used with permission
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