The World Day of Prayer Service for the Bayview and Leaside area will be held Friday, March 3, 2017 at Manor Road United Church, 240 Manor Road East. There is a long tradition of Christian Women participating a group prayer dating to the latter years of the 19th Century. Subsequently the first Friday of Lent was established as a joint day of prayer for missions and was celebrated for the first time on February 20, 1920. The day of prayer spread rapidly throughout the US and was joined in 1922 by Canadian women who had begun celebrating a day of prayer in 1895. In 1926, the women of North America distributed the worship service
to as many countries and partners in mission as they could. By the beginning of 1927 the call to prayer that was issued was for a World Day of Prayer for Missions. In 1928, the title of the day was shortened to The World Day of Prayer. From 1927 up to now, women gather to pray with women from a different country. A theme developed by the WDP Committee inspires informed prayer and prayerful action. The women of the Philippines have written the service for this year’s theme Am I Being Unfair to You? All are welcome Friday at Manor Road United Church, 240 Manor road at 2 p.m.