May 1, 2020
May Friendship Day, a Church Women United initiative, is most often celebrated on the first Friday of the month of May around a theme of shared concern for Christian women and their communities. The predecessor to May Friendship Day, May Fellowship Day, began in 1933 after two Christian women’s groups planned gatherings based on similar concerns: child health and children of migrant families. These groups united and over the years eventually became what we now know as Church Women United. The May celebration has been continually observed since 1933; in 1999, Church Women United changed the name from May Fellowship Day to May Friendship Day.
The 2020 Church Women United celebrations — including World Community Day and May Friendship Day — share the theme “Vision for the Future.” The focus for May Friendship Day is “Vision for the Future: Agree to Differ.” In a world of suffering, the time is now for us to serve as the hands and feet of Christ, no matter our differences. Christian women’s groups from many denominations (including Presbyterian Women, which encourages participation in and support of Church Women United) will participate in May Friendship Day throughout the United States during the first days of May. For more information, visit churchwomenunited.net or call 212-835-1507.
Carissa Herold, Marketing Associate for Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Morning Psalms 96; 148
First Reading Exodus 24:1-18
Second Reading Colossians 2:8-23
Gospel Reading Matthew 4:12-17
Evening Psalms 49; 138
Today’s Focus: May Friendship Day
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Debbie Cassady, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program
Molly Casteel, Office of the General Assembly
Let us pray:
Loving Creator, in a world of suffering and need, we respond to your call for mercy. Guide us as we advocate, nurture, support and serve “for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Amen.