Prayer Resource for the CRC Annual Day of Prayer (March 8, 2023)
February 1, 2023
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Synod has designated the second Wednesday in March (March 8, 2023) as the Annual Day of Prayer. On this date each year, all CRC congregations are requested to take time to ask for God’s blessing upon the world, our nations and communities, crops and industry, and the church worldwide. Will you join us?
For those of you in the United States, it may be important to note that there is also a National Day of Prayer (on Thursday, May 4 this year).
U.S. Councils, if you feel that participating in an Annual Day of Prayer can be done more meaningfully in conjunction with this National Day of Prayer (U.S.), please do so. You have the right to change the date of a special service accordingly (Acts of Synod 1996, p. 578).
The following Prayer Guide was put together to assist all CRC congregations in holding a meaningful day of prayer on either date. It is based upon Philippians 2:1-4, which is the guiding passage for the 40 Days of Prayer before Synod 2023. We hope you will find it helpful, and that you will also consider joining us in those 40 days of prayer later this spring. Stay tuned to crcna.org/pray for more information.
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The World Day of Prayer, supported by Women's InterChurch Council of Canada, - always first Friday of March, is an excellent vehicle towards ecumenical outreach. It has been in existence since early 1960's. Last year's service was created by churches in Vanuatu with an interesting concern about Global Warming and rising sea levels. This year is planned by churches in Taiwan with their unique concerns about becoming swallowed up by China. As a Christian protestant in my small bedroom city between Hamilton and Toronto, I am enjoying working together with 19 other churches of all denominations towards a larger ecumenical service on Friday, March 3. And our prayers always include some for local congregations and their ministers/priests/admin staff.
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