Special -- World Day of Prayer

Litany of Thanksgiving
World Day of Prayer
Prepared by the Women of Papua New Guinea

Litany of Thanksgiving, flowing from Romans 12: 4-13
Leader: We thank you, God,
for the unity and wholeness of the human body.
We especially thank you for all our senses
whereby we come to know the world and one another.
Our hearts are full of gratitude for the gift of life.

All: We give thanks for the gifts that differ
according to the grace given to us.

Leader: We thank you, God,
for the gift of Jesus, the Christ, who lived among us,
who suffered and died and who rose again
that we would have life more abundantly.
We are grateful for the empowering message
of the Gospel, that we are to love one another.
May the unity that we have in Christ
be experienced in every aspect
of our lives, our families, our clans,
our tribes and communities,
our country and the world.

All: We give thanks for a genuine, Christlike love.

Leader: We thank you, God for directing our lives.
We are grateful for those who hold fast to what is good:
those who advocate justice for the least,
oppressed and marginalized in our society,
those who speak truth to power,
those who share generously;
those who are compassionate to all.
By the power of your Spirit,
enable us to make needed changes in our lives,
with hope, now and forever.

All: We give thanks for the gifts that differ
according to the grace given to us.

Leader: We thank you, God, for those who lead with diligence,
mindful of the good of all, not their own special interests.
We thank you for giving us opportunities
to use our leadership qualities.
We remember our leaders--
the able and dedicated men and women
in the government, in the private sector, and in NGO groups.
God, we thank you also
for changing the hearts of men
to recognize and value the leadership of women in Papua New Guinea.
The women of Papua New Guinea
thank all who are educators
for empowering them with the proper education
to realize their leadership ability.

All: We give thanks for a genuine, Christlike love.

Closing Prayer
O God, we give you thanks for the women of Papua New Guinea,
who pray today that they may grow in justice, peace and power,
to be a blessing for their people.
We give thanks as well for those
who plan and support the World Day of Prayer,
which gives voice to the prayers of women
and allows us all to pray in solidarity
with sisters all around the world.
Use this prayer and this movement
to give a voice for justice, peace, power and blessing
to all of your children;
In Christlike love we pray, Amen.

The Litany of Thanksgiving ©2009 World Day of Prayer (U.S.A.)
Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
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About World Day of Prayer
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith traditions who come
together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year a different
country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service. For 2009, the WDP Committee of
Papua New Guinea developed the theme, In Christ, there are many members, yet one body.

About the Women of Papua New Guinea
The women of Papua New Guinea welcome us to PNG, a land of many languages, cultures, traditions and
beliefs. Though many of its communities experience isolation due to the rugged terrain, there is unity in
diversity. The women of Papua New Guinea say, “By God’s grace, we are able to be united.” PNG’s World
Day of Prayer Committee is comprised of women from many members of the Papua New Guinea Council of
Churches. They invite us to join them in celebrating their unity in Christ, where good overcomes evil and
diverse communities may be of one heart and soul.

About the Worship Service
Prepared by the women of Papua New Guinea, the 2009 WDP service will begin joyfully at the first sunrise of
March 6, 2009, in the Pacific region where Papua New Guinea is situated. Through the lens of the women of
PNG, we deepen our understanding of the true nature of Christian unity, which binds all who have faith in
Christ. Come with us to Papua New Guinea. Come with the confidence of Ruth who said to Naomi: “Your
people shall be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16b).

About the Offering
If you wish to make a contribution to World Day of Prayer,
Make checks payable to WDP USA. Mail to: WDP USA Committee
PO Box 13121
Des Moines, IA 50310

To receive copies of the full service, contact:
World Day of Prayer USA Committee
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 300
New York, NY 10115
866.937.8720 • FAX 212.870.2456
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Rev. Susan A. Blain
Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115