WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2019: Come, Everything is Ready! - Gateway Gazette

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2019: Come, Everything is Ready!

By Contributor

Feb 24

Please join us for the World Day of Prayer, a prayer movement that invites us to enrich our faith experience with the experience of Christians from other countries and cultures and to bring hope to women touched by injustice. Service written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia. Program hosted by St. Michael’s Church, Black Diamond on March 1 (Friday) at 1pm. More information about our community’s service is available from Carol at 403-933-2988.

Taller walls or longer tables?

A group of Slovenian Christian women is inviting the world to “Come to the table—everything is ready” and asking, “Who is not at the table?” The occasion is World Day of Prayer and on Friday, March 1, 2019, and these Slovenian women are asking people in 170 countries to unite in prayer and immediate action for women touched by injustice.

For 97 years, women have bridged social, geographic and political barriers to justice through World Day of Prayer. Women tend to be the first to experience the effects of change because they tend to have fewer material resources to soften the change and a closer relationship to their community. As a result, they are also the first to notice things like a looming refugee crisis (France 2013), the precarious situation of overseas foreign workers (the Philippines, 2017) and the effects of illegal mining on drinking water and rainforest (Suriname, 2018). Each year, the experiences of women from the host country inform the prayers of Canadians. The immediate application of those prayers has resulted in a half a million dollars in grants to justice projects over the last 10 years.

The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada invites you, your friends and family to join us, and 1,200 communities across Canada, for the World Day of Prayer 2019.

The artwork, photo and biography of World Day of Prayer 2019 artist Rezka Arnuš reminds us that as we read their words, we are giving voice to the experiences and concerns of real women. Their words become our words; their prayers become our prayers.

In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. For World Day of Prayer materials or to learn more about WICC, please visit our website or contact us:

Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3

Tel: (416) 929-5184; Fax (416) 929-4064; E-mail: [email protected]; Website: www.wicc.org;
www.facebook/WICCanada

The World Day of Prayer grew from an ecumenical day of prayer organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920. This event became the international World Day of Prayer in 1922, and Christians around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of March.

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