A prayer service connected with World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 7, will be hosted by the women of Beach Lake United Methodist Church and St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church. The service, open to all, is scheduled at Beach Lake United Methodist Church, starting with a covered dish supper at 6 p.m. The ecumenical services follows.

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer. The prayer service was written by the women of the World Day of Prayer Egypt Committee, which calls participants to look for "streams in the desert."

This phrase relates to the scripture penned by the prophet Isaiah; “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” With these words as backdrop, you are invited to learn about Egypt’s history and rich cultural diversity.

"An exploration of the Samaritan Woman’s conversation with Jesus at a well offers us an opportunity for deep dialogue and reflection about the borders that we, like Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, have to cross to get to the streams of living water," said Jean Micolucci, Church Secretary. "The Samaritan woman by the well has a theological conversation with Jesus that ends with action; much like our motto – informed prayer led to prayerful action. They were able to cross their religious and cultural differences and build a common ground that then empowered her to bring change to her community."

Beach Lake United Methodist Church is located at 7 Milanville Road, Beach Lake, just off Route 652 across from the fire hall. The church is handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Beach Lake United Methodist Church at 570-729-7011 or www.beachlakeumc.com or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA (www.wdp-usa.org).