Women to Gather for World Day of Prayer

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Byline: Victoria Pierce Daily Herald Correspondent

Women around the world will gather Friday to pray collectively all day in observance of World Day of Prayer.

This year's theme, "United Under God's Tent," symbolizes God's actions and serves as a call to action for all people. In the United States, the event is organized by Church Women United, an ecumenical group formed in the U.S. in the 1940s.

In Naperville, women from about 30 churches with Church Women United chapters will celebrate World Day of Prayer at 9 a.m. Friday at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 Gartner Road.

The morning will begin with coffee and fellowship before the Rev. Lisa Telomen leads a Bible study. A worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The service, prayers, music and study all focus on the theme of uniting under God's tent, said Lillian Volz, a Grace member and organizer from Romeoville.

Church Women United has three celebrations each year, including the World Day of Prayer, Volz said.

"All of our celebrations are written by women from different parts of the world," she added.

This year's theme, "United Under God's Tent," was chosen by World Day of Prayer organizers in Paraguay. All of the other participants around the world will follow their lead and use a piece of nanduti lace in their service.

The nanduti, pronounced niun-doo-tee, is a piece of lace that looks like a large doily and is a common handicraft in Paraguay. It is made with a single thread connected in a spider web pattern that varies with each weaver. …