This year’s World Day of Prayer Service will be held on Friday 3 March 2017 at 10.00a.m. in St Mary’s Hall, North Back Road. The service “Am I being unfair to you?”, based on the parable in Matthew 20, was prepared by women from the Philippines. All are welcome to the service and to stay afterwards for light refreshment.
A Word From the Executive Director of World Day of Prayer - I travelled to the Philippines for the writing process five months after typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, had made landfall in central Philippines. With WDP sisters, Prima Formilleza and Zenaida Maturan, we visited Tacloban. Corazon Reyes, Executive Secretary of the Fellowship of the Least Coin, contacted Josefina Evangelista, United Church of Christ Women’s President, who welcomed us.
I, DANIEL BLAKE
We spent the trip listening to the stories of the day that Yolanda hit Tacloban. The sound of the strong winds, the prayers of the children, the ship stuck on the street, the cemetery at the Catholic Church yard for the community’s victims, the hunger, the resilience and the faith. In that context, there are many questions with no easy answers.
That is quite the same feeling when listening to the story Jesus told about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 20:1-16. While Jesus sees no wrongdoing in giving generously, the workers who felt entitled to receive more, strongly complained. This dialogue was then turned into a question for the 2017 WDP theme - “Am I Being Unfair to You?”
There will be a screening of I, Daniel Blake on Saturday 11 March 2017, at 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange. It deals with the difficulties faced by those in the UK who are dependent upon state benefits, in particular a widower recovering from a heart attack and a single mother of two children. It was produced by Ken Loach with a screenplay by Paul Laverty based on research and interviews with individuals in similar situations. Tickets £2.50, available from Hamilton's Newsagents or 07719 641050. Tickets at the door subject to availability. Donations welcome on the night for Clydesdale Food Bank.