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Fort Macleod to mark World Day of Prayer on-line

The invitation is out for everyone — men, women and children of all ages — to join the 2021 World Day of Prayer to celebrate the theme: “Build on a Firm Foundation.” 

In order to follow COVID-19 pandemic protocols, the World Day of Prayer service will be held on-line at wicc.org. Click on One Hour Service Video button.

The service is available any time beginning Feb. 15.  In Fort Macleod and district, participation can be co-ordinated by joining the service at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

Vanuatu, a chain of islands to the east of Australia, has prepared the service this year.

People are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during its steps to independence over the last 40 years.

The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Vanuatu have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite all in prayer and solidarity.  

 World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 99 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in more than 170 countries.

The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and then travels in many languages throughout the world — through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together we pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.  

The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country.

In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is co-ordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, one of the original founders of this prayer movement. 

Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in our own country and throughout the world.

All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through World Day of Prayer offerings, the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada has distributed more than $2.5-million in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice. 

The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada invites you, your friends and family to join a service in over 1,100 Canadian communities on or near Friday March 5.

For more information on the virtual World Day of Prayer service in this community contact Evelyn McTrowe at 403-553-4236 or e.mctrowe@hotmail.com.

To learn more about the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, go to wicc.org, call 416.929.5184 or e-mail wicc@wicic.org.  The mailing address is 47 Queen’s Park Cres E., Toronto, Ont. M5S 2C3.

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