20 February 2022
Bible readings for today
God of welcome,
we encounter you in those different from us;
enlarge the tent of our lives
to embrace both friend and foe,
so that we grow to be more like you;
through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Loving Your Enemies (Luke 6:27-38)
How we can love others the way that God loves us?
World Day of Prayer
Local women’s groups have been learning about Slovenia in preparation for the World Day of Prayer, which will be held on Friday, 1 March throughout the country.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, the World Day of Prayer was first marked in 1931. It is celebrated in more than 170 countries. A Christchurch based national committee adapts the international resources for New Zealand churches. Local services have been organised by a dedicated group of volunteers who incorporate this global vision into their year’s work. The World Day of Prayer Committee encourages people to share the resources in ordinary worship.
“Each year a different country takes time to prepare the service incorporating women’s stories. It is an opportunity to connect with people around the globe,” says Pauline McKay, National Chairperson.
This year’s worship resources have been written by women in Slovenia, one of the smallest countries in Europe. At the core of the service is an invitation to join in community, “Come –Everything is Ready”. The focal point is a table set with food to share. Readers will tell stories from women on the edge of Slovenian society: refugees, migrant workers, mothers, and Roma.
There are also Children's Service resources
A beautiful image from the Visio Lectio project, created by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. © Sarah West. All Rights reserved, shared with permission.