With a year soon past since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of COVID-19 a global pandemic, Mennonite World Conference joins the World Evangelical Alliance, Salvation Army, Lutheran World Federation, World Vision and World Council of Churches (WCC) in a week of prayer March 22-27, 2021.
The week will invite a time of prayer and reflection on both the lament and the hope expressed and experienced across the world during what has been a year of unprecedented suffering but also one when churches have worked together in ever new ways to adapt, respond and accompany communities through mental, physical, economical, spiritual and environmental crises.
“This is an opportunity to come together with Christians from around the world as an expression of being together in Christ,” says MWC general secretary César García.
“During the week, we will gather to offer intercessions especially for the most vulnerable and for those who are on the frontline caring for them often under harsh circumstances; and recommit ourselves to active compassion across what separates us, in obedience to the one who had compassion for the crowds and ministered for their healing,” says Rev. Prof. Dr. Ioan Sauca, WCC acting general secretary.
The week of prayer is convened with ecumenical partners (MWC, WCC, World Vision International and others) and will share prayers and spiritual resources produced in response to the pandemic. View the resources here.
Mennonite World Conference is a communion of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness. USMB is a member conference of this global ministry.