World Day of Prayer – 3rd March 2023

Original Artwork by Hui-Wen

I Have Heard about your Faith

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power” 

(Ephesians 1:15-19)

May God give us the wisdom and courage to tell the stories of faith that transform lives. 

One of the World Day of Prayer Guiding Principles is that ‘Prayer is rooted in listening to God and to one another‘.

The theme of the worship service “I Have Heard About Your Faith,” based on the letter to the Ephesians, is an invitation to active listening, which is the ground of our prayers. Following the example of the letter (1:15-19), where the author praises the church for their faith in Jesus and love toward all the saints, the service this year makes this personal through the witness of the saints with stories from the lives of women in Taiwan.   

The service shares the letters of encouragement sent to women who faced suffering and injustice. Their stories of faith concern issues that are shared by women and girls around the world and that continue to challenge us to prayerful action. They remind us of the urgency to protect the environment and have a nuclear-free homeland; to be aware of the gender stereotypes women face when challenging the traditional role in the workplace or in the family, and to care for the healing of the victims of verbal and sexual abuse.

It also encourages us to think about the hidden struggle of the essential workers, who during the pandemic, had to balance work and family in a vulnerable economic situation both in Taiwan and elsewhere. The sisters, who prepared the service, thank God for the natural resources of their island and pray for wisdom in face of the political isolation of Taiwan in the international community. They ask for our prayers. 

Services Locally

BroraSt Columba’s Episcopal Church, Victoria Road, Brora2:00pm
DornochOversteps Care Home, Earls Cross Road, Dornoch

West Church Hall, Sutherland Road, Dornoch

Tain AreaKilmuir & Logie Easter Church Of Scotland, on the B817 at Kilmuir3:00pm
LairgLairg Church of Scotland, Church Hill, Lairg7:00pm

All are Welcome at any of these services

For once you were darkness,
but now in the Lord you are light.
Live as children of light – for the fruit of the light
is found in all that is good and right and true.

Ephesians 5:8-9

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