Fri Mar 4: World Day of Prayer 2016

The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical movement that brings Christians of all faith traditions together in an annual common day of prayer. Canadian participation in the World Day of Prayer is organized by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. The WICC has four main initiatives: to promote social justice, to address women’s issues, to foster ecumenicism, and to support women’s spirituality.

Each year, the World Day of Prayer focuses on a different country. During the day, we take time to hear from people of these countries, to gain some insights into their languages, cultures, and social milieux. We study Biblical passages and understand how these passages apply in their contexts. This gives us strength to feel the concerns and the hopes of the people and stand in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them.

In our area, members of St. John’s will gather with members from six neighbouring churches of different faith traditions in worship with Christian churches around the world. Initiated by women, this service welcomes men as well. The host church is Trinity Presbyterian Church at 2737 Bayview Avenue, just south of Highway 401 and the Sheppard subway station (map). The service will be on Friday, March 4, 2016 starting at 2 p.m.

The service this year has been prepared by churches in Cuba around the theme of: Receive Children, Receive Me. As was the case with 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, it is very often the plight of children that stirs the world into action.

At a time when Christians are suffering persecution in many areas, it seems particularly meaningful to express solidarity with Christians around the world. We hope that St. John’s York Mills will be well represented at the World Day of Prayer 2016.

For further information, please contact Olivia Lee.

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