Local event planned

Staff writer
February 22, 2013 01:00 AM

World Day of Prayer Planning Committee 2013 with members from Bethel Baptist Church, St. John's United Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, and Living Faith Lutheran Church (if there is room for names here are the names not in any particular order: Renate Greenwood, Bobby Kelly,  Monica Davis, Ruth Beatty, Ann Chisholm,  Anita Saari,  Sherryl Latimer, Peggy Malcolm, Shirley Pajunen, Esther Hoover,  Jenne Markwart, Ruth Klassen, Isabel Benson, Jean Beadle, Greer Ross)

On Friday, March 1, the women of France invite you to join with them in the World Day of Prayer celebration, praying under the theme "I was a stranger and you welcomed me."

Each year the World Day of Prayer service brings with it a feeling of curiosity. What will we learn about the theme and the focus country? What will challenge, inspire and encourage us?

The women from France introduce us to six women on their committee. We learn their names and we learn that some have come from other parts of Europe and Africa. With this introduction we realize that the World Day of Prayer Committee of France is inclusive and representative of the multi-cultural complexity of France.

Plan to attend a World Day of Prayer service. Join Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and 2,000 communities across Canada who will gather on the World Day of Prayer and act in solidarity with the people of France.

See this week's Community Calendar on pages 30 and 31 for services in our area. Everyone is welcome, men and women, from all faiths!

In Canada, the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada coordinates the World Day of Prayer. For more information, see www.worlddayofprayer.net.

The World Day of Prayer has its roots in 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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