World Day of Prayer Service

More than 78 members of Scugog area churches gathered on Friday, March 1st, to mark the World Day of Prayer.
The World Day of Prayer traces its roots to the 19th century. It is a global ecumenical movement that brings Christians of many traditions together each year to observe a common day of prayer. The Canadian planning committee changed its name to become the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada in 1945, and now includes representatives from 11 church partners. This council continues to coordinate the World Day of Prayer in Canada and to speak to issues that concern women of faith across the country.
Each year the Women’s Inter-Church Council arranges for a different group of women to prepare the worship materials for the World Day of Prayer. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can learn how our sisters of other countries, languages, and cultures understand biblical passages in their context. We can hear their concerns and needs, and we can join in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. In this way, it is possible for us to enrich our Christian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an international, ecumenical expression.
For this year’s World Day of Prayer, a group of Christian women in Palestine were asked to make preparations. Of course, they had been asked to participate long before the conflict that is currently happening in this region began. It was a powerful and inspiring opportunity to gather to learn about Palestine and to pray about the challenges that are facing the entire Middle East. The service challenged worshippers with the phrase from the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “I beg you…bear with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2) Recognizing the complicated history of the region, the service asked worshippers to listen, learn, and love. It encouraged participants to act in ways in their own lives that promote peace.
From the offerings collected at World Day of Prayer Services, along with donations to the Fellowship of the Least Coin, the Women’s Inter-Church Council issues annually an average of 25 grants to projects that directly impact over 1,800 people and educate and inspire over half a million. We are happy to report that over $700 was raised at our local World Day of Prayer service!