The World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a global, ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action by Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year.

• It is a movement initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.

• It is a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration - the first Friday of March - to which all people are welcome.

• It is a movement which brings together women of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.

Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer in rural Spring Grove will be hosting the local World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 1, at 11 a.m. A light lunch will be served after the service; all are welcome!

The WDP guiding principles affirm that everyone are Christian neighbors in a multi-religious world, according to the event's website

This year's theme, "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me," is based on the Gospel text of Matthew 25 with a focus on migration. Through World Day of Prayer, women around the world:

• affirm their faith in Jesus Christ and

• share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs.

Through World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged to:

• become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation;

• be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures;

• take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them; and

• become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society.