BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The Christian community of Scugog and Uxbridge will once again welcome the World Day of Prayer, on Friday, March 6 - and will host several gathering events, to join worshipers of all denominations.
Local women’s groups will be conducting a service, which was put together by similiar women’s groups in the Bahamas.
In Uxbridge, World Day of Prayer services will be held at Trinity United Church, located at 20 First Ave., at 1:30 p.m.
Further information is available by contacting MariAnne Jones by calling 647-882-1920. Members of all Uxbridge-area churches are invited to attend and participate. Refreshments will be provided.
In Scugog, Seagrave Church will hold a gathering at 12:30 p.m., Prince Albert United Church will play host at 1 p.m., and St. John’s Anglican Church in Blackstock, starting at 2 p.m.
For further information on the event, please contact the Port Perry Pastoral Charge at the Port Perry United Church, by phoning 905-985-2801.
Port Perry United Church Pastor John Benschop, along with the World Day of Prayer Intenational Committee, were able to provide The Standard with some historical background on the how the event came to grow in Canada.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year.
Through preparation and participation in the worship service, the participants hope to know how their sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their own context.
The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is ‘Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action’. Through their participation in the World Day of Prayer, local groups hope to affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence on the world - whether down the street, or across the ocean.
The World Day of Prayer began in the 19th century when Christian women of Canada and the United States started to be involved in missions at home and in other parts of the world. Since 1812, women have encouraged one another to engage in personal prayer and take leadership in communal prayer within their mission auxiliaries and associations.
On October 19, 1918, Presbyterian women in Canada called together representatives of five Women’s Missionary Boards - “to promote the spreading of Christ’s kingdom through united prayer and action.” This first inter-church meeting gave birth to the Interim Committee on the Federation of the Women’s Missionary Society Boards of Canada, which organized a national and inter denominational day of prayer on January 9, 1920.
In 1922, the Canadian committee agreed to use the same theme and day for the Day of Prayer as U.S. women. This annual event became the Women’s World Day of Prayer in 1927.
The Canadian committee changed its name to become the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada 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.
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