Jeannine Lish (center) performs a skit about recycling with the help of friends Lisa Burns (left) and Elaine Salisbury during a ceremony held at Edmonds United Methodist Church in celebration of the World Day of Prayer on March 2. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Jeannine Lish (center) performs a skit about recycling with the help of friends Lisa Burns (left) and Elaine Salisbury during a ceremony held at Edmonds United Methodist Church in celebration of the World Day of Prayer on March 2. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Bringing the world together

The annual Day of Prayer unites congregations that all perform the same service.

EDMONDS — An Edmonds church joined more than 170 countries on March 2 in sharing women’s stories from the South American country Suriname.

Irma Brown organized the World Day of Prayer event at Edmonds United Methodist Church, with help from other women in the congregation.

“Each country uses the same service using the same script,” Brown said. “That’s the exciting part to me, is that we are uniting our Christian faith performing this same service all around the world.”

World Day of Prayer is celebrated on the first Friday of March. Each year, people from a different country are chosen to prepare a sermon.

While the service honored women, men also were welcome, Brown said.

Brown has coordinated World Day of Prayer events before, but this was her first in Edmonds. She is a member of Edmonds United Methodist.

This year’s theme was “All God’s Creation is Very Good,” referencing the biblical story of Genesis.

The women’s experiences in Suriname shared lessons of taking care of one another and the planet, congregation member Lisa Burns said.

Several women from the church, including Burns, spoke at the service, and performed a skit about recycling. This was her first time attending a World Day of Prayer.

“I found it to be a lovely way to honor the women of Suriname and a way of connecting with another country and culture,” she said.

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