2019 World Day of Prayer

Join people all over the world on Friday, March 1st for the 2019 worship service and celebration written by the Slovenia World Day of Prayer Committee and adapted for use in Canada by The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.

In Clearwater, the service is being hosted by the Clearwater Christian Church and the Clearwater World Day of Prayer Organizing Committee at the Star Lake Ministry Centre at 1:30 pm.  In Barriere, the service will be held at the Church of St Paul at 2:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served following both services.

Come – Everything Is Ready!

This program was written by women in Slovenia, one of the smallest countries in Europe and a pretty young committee in the WDP movement.

Artist Rezka Arnuš, born in 1953, depicts two topics: the country of Slovenia and the main Biblical story of the worship service.

At the core of the theme, an invitation – Come; and to enable the response – Everything is ready. Come to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love.

The invitation is grounded in the parable that Jesus told about a great dinner which was attended by the ones called off the streets, as the ones invited excused themselves. The community formed around the table is not enough to fill the house – there is still room. Who are missing from the table in your community? How would you invite and prepare the feast?

Throughout the worship service, we hear the stories of those who are coming to the table of bread, wine, water, and salt. Their stories reflect the political and economic situation from the time Slovenia was a socialist-communist state to today. Their stories are the voices of the refugee and migrant workers, the mothers, the grandmothers, the wives, and the Roma people. While listening to their stories, we ask for forgiveness for being silent in the face of injustice, and we pray that God open our hearts to compassion and understanding. And we leave with a blessing prayer to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice, and peace.

May the welcoming God enable us to set the table and fill the communities with hope, love, and joy!

~ from the World Day of Prayer International Committee’s Website

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