I was a stranger and you welcomed me
By the Women of France
On Friday March 1st, 2013, the women of France invite you to join with them in the World Day of Prayer of 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?
“Our experiences of being a stranger and then being welcomed empower us to build connections and create community where all are welcomed.” The women of 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.
Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer Service and learn more about the culture and heritage of France. 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 to pray and act in solidarity with the people of France.
In Canada the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.
The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer organized by the 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.
This year one of the World Day of Prayer Services will be held at Bengough Knox United Church on March 1st, at 4:00 p.m.