World Day of Prayer is on Friday
The ecumenical service, scheduled for 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Norway Street in Berlin is open to the public.
This year, Egyptians planned services around the theme “Streams in the Desert.”
World Day of Prayer in the United States promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnerships, service and celebration.
In 1890, two women who were serving as missionaries for the Baptist Church in Asia initiated a day of joint prayer, especially for overseas ministries.
In 1920, the first Friday of Lent, Feb. 20 that year, was established as the day. It later was changed to the first Friday of March.
Since then, each year a different country has established a different theme for international services.
Over the years, U.S. women have been in charge of the theme at least five times.
Last year, France based the service on the theme “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.”
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