Join students and churches around the world in February each year to mark the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) or 'Student Sunday'. Save the date for 2021: Sunday 21st February.
This year, in the current climate of zoom calls and virtual services, SCM have decided to provide two very simple resources. We have a downloadable word document of prayers in a range of styles that can be used to remember students in your prayers. We have also produced a short 2 minute video to accompany these prayers.
You can download a copy of the 2021 Student Sunday Prayers word doc here.
What is the Universal Day of Prayer for Students?
The Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) is coordinated by the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), and has been celebrated since 1898, making it one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer. It is marked on the third Sunday of February every year, serving as a tangible sign of our common life, connecting student movements and WSCF friends across the world.
We invite all our members and friends to unite in prayer for the world, the church, students, and WSCF itself on 16th February 2020. You may choose to set an alternate date that is more convenient for your community.
How you can get involved
- Invite someone from SCM to speak at one of your services – either on Student Sunday or another date. Contact the office if you’re interested.
- Better still, invite one or more students from your congregation, or from the local university (contact the chaplain or the SCM office for details), to share their story during the service.
- Download our resource toolkit, to help plan your service.
- Include intercessionary prayers for students during the service.
- Hold a collection for SCM to help the movement continue its work reaching students and building inclusive Christian communities at university. For more information about how to donate then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spread the word: If you're holding a Student Sunday service at your church, you will be able to download posters to put up (info to come). You can also use social media to get the word out -download our high res UDPS logo and share any other messages using #StudentSunday
Prayer is a mighty counter-cultural activity. Our courage to dare to communicate with the holy God who holds the world in God’s own hands is an act of hope and defiance. It is an act of hope because prayer is the voicing of our deepest yearnings and our reception of God’s own faithful promises for the future of the world. It is an act of defiance because we refuse the popular notion that we hold the world in our hand and must manufacture futures for ourselves. Prayer is a pause in the presence of God’s holiness that makes all of our life penultimate, and so delivers us from both pride and anxious despair. It is a recognition that our life is grounded in gifts that are freely given to us in God’s generosity.
I imagine that a large host of university students engaged together in prayer is a mighty testimony to the world of our hope and courage. But more than that, such common prayer among us is a connection to the faithfulness, mercy, compassion, and justice that pervade our entire life. I am grateful to God for a new generation of students who are willing and able to engage in this daring counter-cultural action. As long as we pray together we will not give in to the fear, greed, and violence that beset our world. We will not lose heart, but will have the stamina and energy for our vocation as God’s own witnesses.
Walter Brueggemann Columbia Theological Seminary