Prez Corner

From the Prez Desk

We-Connect January 2021

Happy New Year!

Most people I greet in town are excited for the new year simply to leave 2020 behind. C’mon 2021!

However, if we learned anything from 2020 – in the midst of COVID-19, the protests for justice, the isolation and the grief – if we have learned anything at all, it is to expect the unexpected.

There is hope on the horizon with the first doses of the vaccine being administered, but with ever-changing public health guidelines across the entire country, planning ahead for events and scheduling has become somewhat out of fashion. There are nights I go to bed wondering if the plans I made for tomorrow will still be relevant by lunchtime. And now it is winter weather and planning ahead is throwing us another curve of unpredictability. Planning ahead can seem like a relatively useless endeavour.

That is why I am so excited that WICC can offer all of you the incredible options that are flexible and meaningful as we celebrate World Day of Prayer together this year.  We have got you covered for any improbability. Whether you can meet on Zoom and share leadership of the service together, whether a small group can gather safely and watch our on-line service or if you are sheltering in place, WICC has resources that will encourage and support you as you join the worldwide movement of prayer and make your gifts to WICC and the administration of the grant program: Prayers and funds in action to address the justice issues during the pandemic and beyond.

This is our first attempt at producing an online service and Cath, our staff and the production company have done an absolutely beautiful job of producing an engaging worship experience. We have resources for our World Day of Prayer at wicc.org and a coordinator’s login to help with the distribution of digital resources. Our Field Reps and office staff are standing by to help if you have any questions about the process. Thank you for your dedication to the World Day of Prayer and its leadership. There is an online Festival/Preparation Zoom event to register for on January 16th. All are welcome to join. (Click here to register).

We will proceed into the new year hoping for meaningful connections and wholeness in body, soul and society. We will proceed into the new year praying for justice and living into God’s peaceable kingdom. We will proceed together, even if we are apart. We will continue to proceed carefully, but not fearfully and we will each continue to make our small contributions to God’s bigger vision of abiding love. As we move to a new year, we reflect back and look forward to see God’s hand of faithfulness and God’s promises fulfilled.

May your 2021 hold unexpected blessings and kindness. Remember that in the midst of the mess, the Messiah came!

In Solidarity and Prayer,

Steph

 


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