Women, men, and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 1. The women of France have chosen the theme, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." The French WDP Committee looks for a Christian response to struggles concerning immigration and for ways to welcome "the stranger." The women who prepared this year's worship service and Bible studies reach into Jesus' identification with "the least of these" in Matthew 25 and draw on customs of hospitality found in Leviticus to paint a picture of welcoming "the stranger." Through visual interpretation and personal stories, participants begin to put themselves in the shoes of "the stranger," remembering their own feelings of being on the outside - and the blessings of welcoming.

This year's service will be held on Friday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m., at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Chatfield. Lunch will be served.

Invite your friends, family, and communities of faith to join the women of France in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward welcoming "the stranger."