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Week of Prayer still taking place, but online only

All are encouraged to particpate in online Week of Prayer observance, after cancellation of in-person gatherings.
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January 18 to 25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. / Getty Images

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being observed online from January 18 to 25. In other years participating Canora churches hosted prayer lunches during the week, but the pandemic has forced the cancellation of those plans. The Canora Ministerial Association encourages Canora and area residents to take part in an eight-day online Bible study based on “We saw the star in the East and we came to worship him,” (Matthew 2:2).

For more details or to register, go to https:/

According to information provided at the website, The 2022 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches, based in Beirut, Lebanon. “The international theme and resources speak to our world’s urgent need for solidarity and transformation in the face of political, economic, and social turmoil, including the challenges and injustices highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we join the Christians of the Middle East in the journey to Christ’s manger, may we become a sign of the unity that God desires for all creation, and may we return to our home, our churches, and our world by new ways.”

Themes and Bible Study leaders are:

Day 1, Tues, Jan. 18: Raise us up and draw us to your perfect light: “We observed his star in the East” (Mt 2:2) Rev. Mitchell Anderson, St. Paul’s United, Saskatoon

Day 2, Wed, Jan. 19: Humble leadership breaks down walls and builds up with love:  “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” (Mt 2:2) Pastor Karen Stepko, Christ Lutheran, ELCIC, Rhein

Day 3, Thu, Jan. 20: The presence of Christ, turning the world upside down: “When Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him” (Mt 2:3) Queens House Retreat and Renewal Centre –Simon Lasair and Ana Gheyssen, Saskatoon

Day 4, Fri, Jan. 21: Though small and suffering, we lack nothing:  “And you, Bethlehem... are by no means least” (Mt 2:6) Rev. Paul Matheson – First Mennonite, Saskatoon

Day 5, Sat, Jan. 22: Guided by the one Lord: “Ahead of them went the star that they had seen at its rising” (Mt 2:9) Rev. Amanda Currie – First Presbyterian, Regina

Day 6, Sun, Jan. 23: Gathered in worship around the One Lord: “They saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage” (Mt 2:11) Gertrude Rompré, St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon

Day 7, Mon, Jan. 24: The gifts of communion: “Then, opening  their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Mt 2:11) The Ven. Cheryl Toth, Anglican Church of Canada, Archdeacon of St. Cuthbert, Diocese of Qu’Appelle, Regina

Day 8, Tues, Jan. 25: Beyond the familiar routes of separation to God’s new paths: “They left for their own country by another road” (Mt 2:12) Father Warren Dungen, St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Regina