Every year the worship service focuses on a different country and a specific theme. World Day of Prayer National/Regional Committees of that country prepare the order of worship on these themes to be used on the next World Day of Prayer.

On the first Friday of March, then, in services all over the world that country becomes the focus of prayer and understanding. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, women worldwide learn how their sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the biblical passages in their context. They learn of the concerns and needs of those women and to empathize and feel in solidarity with them

Upcoming Worship Themes

YearThemeWriter Country
2023I Have Heard About Your FaithWorship Themes  Taiwan
2024I Beg You – Bear With One Another in LoveWorship Themes  Palestine
2025I Made You WonderfulWorship Themes  Cook Islands
2026I Will Give You Rest: ComeWorship Themes  Nigeria

Previous Worship Themes

YearThemeWriter Country
1932Hold Fast in PrayerWorship Themes India
1933Follow Thou MeWorship Themes Republic of China
1934Prayer for the Peace of JerusalemWorship Themes South Africa
1935Bear Ye One Another’s BurdensWorship Themes Holland
1936On Earth, Peace, Goodwill Toward MenWorship Themes Chile
1937Son of the Living GodAfrica
1938The Church – A World FellowshipWorship Themes New Zealand
1939Let Us Put Our Love Into Deeds – and Make it RealWorship Themes United States of America
1940In Quietness and in Confidence shall be Your StrengthWorship Themes England
1941Thy Kingdom ComeWorship Themes Shanghai
1942I Am The Way
Worship Themes French Refugees
 German Refugees
1943That They all May Be OneWorship Themes United States of America
1944Bear Ye One Another’s BurdensUnknown
1945The Church Universal
Worship Themes England
Worship Themes Wales
Worship Themes Northern Ireland
1946The Things That Make for our PeaceWorship Themes Central African Republic
1947Make Level in the Desert a Highway for our GodWorship Themes India
1948The Lord’s Prayer – The Prayer UniversalUnknown
1949The Lord is Thy KeeperWorship Themes China
1950Faith for our TimeWorship Themes Japan
1951Perfect Love Casteth out FearWorship Themes Germany
1952Christ our Hope Migrants Sharecroppers & Indian Americans
1953Walk as Children of the LightAfrica
1954That They May Have LifeWorship Themes India
1955Abide in MeWorship Themes Buenos Aires
1956One Flock, One ShepherdWorship Themes Cook Christian Training School for Indian Christian Leaders
1957Who shall separate us from the love of Christ….?Worship Themes Hungary
1958The Bread of LifeWorship Themes Australia
1959Lord, I believeWorship Themes Egypt
1960Labourers together with GodWorship Themes Committee of the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada
1961Forward through the Ages: In everything give thanksWorship Themes United States of America
1962For God So Loved the WorldWorship Themes Uruguay
1963More than Conquerors Korea
1964Let us PrayWorship Themes Switzerland
1965What doth the Lord require?Worship Themes United States of America
1966Ye are my WitnessesWorship Themes WWDP Committee of Scotland
1967Of His Kingdom there shall be no endWorship Themes Tonga
1968Bear ye one another’s Burdens Ceylon
1969Growing Together in Christ
Worship Themes Sierra Leone
Worship Themes Ghana
Worship Themes South Africa
Worship Themes Congo
Worship Themes Zambia
Worship Themes Kenya
1970Be of Good Courage
Worship Themes Jamaica
Worship Themes Egypt
Worship Themes United States of America
Worship Themes Philippines
Worship Themes Guyana
1971A New People for a New AgeCaribbean
1972All Joy Be YoursWorship Themes Europe
1973Alert in our timeWorship Themes New Zealand
1974Make us builders of peaceWorship Themes Japan
1975Become perfectly OneWorship Themes Egypt
1976Education through Living
Worship Themes Mexico
Worship Themes South America
1977Love in ActionWorship Themes German Democratic Republic
1978Community Spirit in Modem LivingWorship Themes Canada
1979Spiritual GrowthEast Africa
1980Responsible FreedomWorship Themes Thailand
1981The Earth is the Lord’sWorship Themes USA
1982The People of God: Gathered for Worship- Scattered for Service
Worship Themes Ireland
Worship Themes Northern Ireland
1983New persons in ChristCaribbean
1984Living Water from Christ our HopeWorship Themes Sweden
1985Peace through Prayer and ActionWorship Themes India
1986Choose LifeWorship Themes Australia
1987Come and RejoiceWorship Themes International Committee of WWDP
1988Open DoorsWorship Themes Brazil
1989Lord, Teach us to PrayWorship Themes Burma
1990A Better Tomorrow, Justice for AllWorship Themes Czechoslovakia
1991On the Journey TogetherWorship Themes Kenya
1992Living Wisely with Creation
Worship Themes German Speaking Switzerland
Worship Themes Austria
Worship Themes Germany
1993God’s people instruments of healingWorship Themes Guatemala
1994Go, See & ActWorship Themes Palestine
1995The Earth is a House for all PeopleWorship Themes Ghana
1996God Calls Us To RespondWorship Themes Haiti
1997Like a Seed Which Grows into a TreeWorship Themes Korea
1998Who is My Neighbour?Worship Themes Madagascar
1999God’s Tender TouchWorship Themes Venezuela
2000Talitha Koum: Young Woman Stand UpWorship Themes Indonesia
2001Informed Prayer, Prayerful ActionWorship Themes Samoa
2002Challenged to ReconcileWorship Themes Romania
2003Holy Spirit, Fill UsWorship Themes Lebanon
2004In Faith, Women Shape the FutureWorship Themes Panama
2005Let Our Light ShineWorship Themes Poland
2006Signs Of The TimesWorship Themes South Africa
2007United Under God’s TentWorship Themes Paraguay
2008God’s Wisdom Provides New UnderstandingWorship Themes Guyana
2009In Christ, There Are Many Members, Yet One BodyWorship Themes Papua New Guinea
2010Let Everything that has Breath Praise GodWorship Themes Cameroon
2011How Many Loaves Have You?Worship Themes Chile
2012Let Justice PrevailWorship Themes  Malaysia
2013I was a Stranger and You Welcomed MeWorship Themes  France
2014Streams in the DesertWorship Themes  Egypt
2015Jesus Said to Them: Do You Know What I Have Done to you?Worship Themes  The Bahamas
2016Receive children, Receive meWorship Themes  Cuba
2017Am I being unfair to you?Worship Themes  Philippines
2018All God’s creation is Very GoodWorship Themes  Suriname
2019Come everything is ReadyWorship Themes  Slovenia
2020Rise, Take your mat and WalkWorship Themes  Zimbabwe
2021Build on a Strong FoundationWorship Themes Vanuatu
2022I know the plans I have for youEngland, Northern Wales, Ireland