November 1, 2019
World Community Day began in 1943 as a day for church women across denominations to study peace. After World War II, leaders of denominations felt that they should set aside a day for prayer and ecumenical study. The leaders thought that while many denominations were performing peace and justice work by themselves, having a day when they could study together would be beneficial to all. The theme for this year’s World Community Day is “The time is now! Resolve to love!” As Christians, we are called to nurture and cultivate life-giving community — within our families, our churches and God’s world — even during times of strife and discord. We are called to “resolve to love” as a grateful response to the one who “became flesh and lived among us … full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Resources for World Community Day are available from Church Women United. Write to 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1926, New York, NY 10115; call 212-870-2347 or 800-298-5551; or visit churchwomenunited.net.
Carissa Herold, Marketing Associate, Presbyterian Women, Horizons Magazine
Morning Psalms 84; 148
First Reading Nehemiah 2:1-20
Or alternate First Reading Lamentations 4:1-22
Second Reading Revelation 6:12-7:4
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:24-30
Evening Psalms 25; 40
Today’s Focus: World Community Day
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Mark Jones, Board of Pensions
Ray Jones, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Let us pray:
God of life and wholeness, we ask for your loving guidance as we strive for wholeness, always seeking to live in harmony with one another, your creation and to your glory. Amen.