The World Day of Prayer, a global, ecumenical service, will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sarnia on Friday, March 2.
All are welcome to the service that will be held at 2 p.m at the downtown Sarnia church, located at 261 North Christina Street, Sarnia. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
This year’s worship service was written by the women of Suriname on the theme, “All God’s Creation is Very Good.” Suriname, formerly a Dutch colony, is on the northern coastline of South America.
Participants in the downtown Sarnia service include the following churches: St. Paul’s United, Sarnia; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Central United, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Central Baptist, All Saints’ Anglican and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic.
The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Offerings received at the prayer service provide grants for projects in Canada and throughout the world
In Canada, World Day of Prayer is organized by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, WICC, an independent organization of Canadian Christian Women committed to ecumenism, women’s spiritual growth, social justice and women’s issues. The WICC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The first Day of Prayer began in 1920 and two years later became the World Day of Prayer. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, women in 170 countries learn about each other’s concerns and join in solidarity as they pray with and for each other.