World Day of Prayer to Take Up Mat and Walk (3/6/20)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in EventAnnouncement, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

The annual World Day of Prayer will be celebrated with a special service  on Friday March 6 2020.  World Day of prayer is observed every year at the beginning of March, and the churches of Pitman hold an Ecumenical service near the actual date.  The St. James Lutheran Church has been designated as the annual location of the World Day of Prayer service.  This year, it will be held on Friday March 6 at 1:00 PM.


World Day of Prayer

  • DATE:            Friday March 6
  • TIME:            1:00 PM
  • LOCATIONSt. James Lutheran Church (400 Columbia Ave., Pitman)
  • WHO:            All are invited




“Rise! Take up Your Mat and Walk”

Each year, women from a different country are chosen to design the World Day of Prayer services which are held globally.  This year, women from Zimbabwe are organizing the service.  The World Day of Prayer Committee of Zimbabwe has chosen John 5: 2-9 as their theme for World Day of Prayer 2020.  In this passage, Jesus heals a paralytic and then commands him to “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk! 

We may not be able to perform miracles of physical healing like Jesus did, but we are called to pray for peace and reconciliation. We need to be in a constant attitude of entering into the healing process of peace and reconciliation.   Christians from around the world will meet on March 6 to explore what Jesus’ actions meant, and how they call us to respond with prayer and action.


View the following video to learn more about Zimbabwe (the history of World Day of Prayer in Zimbabwe is discussed at the 7 minute mark)…



What is the World Day of Prayer?

It is an ecumenical movement of women from many faith traditions who share a common day of prayer annually on the first Friday of March. Men, women and children are all invited to participate.


This global movement, begun in the U.S. in 1920, promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnership, service and celebration. We gather to affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and have immeasurable influence in the world.


Each year, one of the 170 participating countries is chosen to interpret scripture within their culture and provide a worship service for the world.


To learn more about the World Day of Prayer, try this button:      World Day of Prayer  


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