The program for the World Day of Prayer 2022 is written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of England, Wales & Northern Ireland.
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).
For Jeremiah, God’s plan was clear, and we share this assurance by singing it. What is your WDP hope? Let the children and the youth guide your response. Then, come to celebrate hope by lighting a candle on behalf of the seven regions of the world, knowing that our prayerful action can bring to life the promises of God who, like a Mother and Father, cares for us all.
We are given a seed of hope to ponder where it needs to be planted in our lives and in our communities. Take this opportunity, to raise awareness on the needs of your community and offer the gifts of prayers and commitment. A seed, nourished by prayers of intercession and actions of love, bind us together around the world.
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
We want to thank all the women and young women who came together as World Day of Prayer to develop the worship service and educational materials. We appreciate the EWNI Committee’s effort to reach out to form a collaborative and diverse group.