A Prayer for Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Loving Father, we pray for our community of Whitchurch-Stouffville. 

We are reminded of our human frailty in times like this when we are confronted with a global pandemic.  We pray for people who have become sick with COVID-19 or other serious illnesses.  We pray for those who have lost loved ones recently.  We pray for people who are living under financial stress.  We pray for those who are living under the increased anxiety that our community is feeling at the moment.

We recognize that these stresses are real but you are stronger.  So, we look to you as the source of our peace and provision.

Jesus we are reminded of your words, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.”  So, we choose to receive your gift of peace.  We choose to focus our attention on you because you are a God of great strength, peace and unfailing love.

Help us, as we navigate the coming days and weeks.  Help us, as Christ followers, to be distributers of your love and peace to the people we meet.

We pray these things in your name.  Amen.

— prayer offered by Dale Tollefson, Heise Hill Church & shared online in lieu of 2020 Prayer Breakfast

A Prayer in Response to the Corona Virus

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Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Please give us this day our daily bread and forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Lead us not to temptation but deliver us from evil.  For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.  For ever and ever, Amen

Father, thank-you for being our God and for welcoming us into Your Kingdom.  Thank-you for all that you do for us as individuals and for humankind.  Lord God, we give thanks that you are with us in our difficult times with us as well as our happy and successful times.

Thanks that you are in the midst of this corona virus with us.  We pray and ask for you to be present in all the decisions of all the leaders and other people of this world, as you lead us to figure out and apply the answers to dealing with this world-wide epidemic.  Please lead our doctors, nurses, scientists and the leaders of our world at all levels of authority and leadership – in all nations.

Lord it may be one of the many, many signs of end times.  Or it may not.  Only you know.

Help each of us to support one another at this time.

May you be pleased with each of us, overall.  Please correct our behaviours and decisions where they are wrong.

Lord, God, Jesus and Holy Spirit, we trust you.  We go forth in your name. May this be a time when You lead countless people to your Kingdom.

We ask all this in Jesus name,

Amen

— prayer offered by Dennis Seeley & shared online in lieu of our 2020 Breakfast.

A Prayer for Our Community, Province, Nation & World

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Heavenly Father, in the precious name of Jesus, we pray for our town, our province, our country and beyond!   First of all Lord, we thank you for loving us and directing us to pray for others!  You told us that the first and greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And the second is like it, to love your neighbour as yourself”.   Lord, I pray that you will encourage and prompt each of us to show Your Love to others in various ways.  Open our ears Lord, that as we respond to Your leading, we will walk in FAITH and act in love. 

In this time of uncertainty, many are fearful; but Your Word instructs us to “FEAR NOT”.  Canada has a destiny to be a LIGHT to the nations.  As believers in the most high GOD, this is our time to SHINE!  We can choose to bring the light of God’s love to the world.  So we pray Lord God for your wisdom and guidance.  To do this, we need MORE of Your Presence! Grant to our Leaders, your Divine inspiration and to correctly discern TRUTH.  

Lord, our hearts call to you at this critical moment.  The words of a song come to my mind:   “I need You MORE, more than yesterday.  I need You more, more than words can say.  I need You more than ever before!  I need you Lord, I need you Lord!  More than the air I breathe, more than the song I sing, More than my next heartbeat, MORE than anything…….”

I pray that each of us will hear God’s voice clearly and show the PEACE  of  GOD, having the mind of Christ,  that passes understanding!

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  AMEN!”

— offered by Lea Seymour & shared online in lieu of our 2020 Breakfast

A Prayer Welcoming Newcomers to Our Community

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Lord Almighty,

Our community’s diversity is a clear display of your abundant love for your children. Lord, we acknowledge that sometimes in our jaded perspectives as human beings we turn this beautiful display of love through diversity into a justification for alienation, oppression, and persecution. Lord, may you empower us instead to celebrate these differences and recognize them as the gift that you intended for our worldly existence.

Lord, fill us with understanding, with respect and with love for all of your creations, for those who look and act like us and for those who we view to be different from us in one way or another. You have created us all equally, Lord and I pray that we all feel the power of that equality and allow it to lift us up each and every day through our thoughts, our words and our actions.

Lord, I pray today that you guide the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville to create a more welcoming community for newcomers. Let us enhance our lives by opening up our homes and our hearts to our new neighbours so that they may know and feel your grace through our kindness.

I pray that we all begin to recognize the beauty in diversity and appreciate that our community is a rich cultural tapestry, one that is made up of so many diverse and incredible gifts from you, our Lord and savior. May you help us to be peacemakers and curators of goodness in this community of Whitchurch-Stouffville and beyond. I pray these words in the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

— prayer offered by Brandi Pickering & shared online in lieu of our 2020 Breakfast.

Rev. Majed El Shafie – full Bio

Rev. Majed El Shafie is a human rights advocate and founder of One Free World International (OFWI). His human rights journey started in his native Egypt that he was later forced to flee after he was severely tortured and sentenced to death for his conversion to Christianity and bringing awareness to human rights violations related to religious persecution.

Belonging to a very prominent legal and political family in Egypt, Rev. El Shafie had tried to work within the Egyptian system to reform the country’s human rights regime. Between the challenges he faced in these efforts, his firsthand experience as a survivor of religious persecution, the work he has engaged in since by advocating for religious freedom, confronting governments that violate this fundamental right, and conducting fact-finding missions and humanitarian/rescue operations, he has obtained significant knowledge and insight into the dynamics of persecution of religious minorities by religious extremists and totalitarian governments alike.

Rev. El Shafie has established two effective human rights organizations including One Free World International (OFWI) which is one of the leading organizations advocating for religious minorities globally and has 28 branches around the world. He has organized and led delegations of parliamentarians and religious leaders to address minority rights and humanitarian issues with government leaders, including several cabinet ministers and other high-level officials, opposition leaders, and religious leaders among others in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Cuba, India, and Bangladesh.

Rev. El Shafie has developed excellent relationships with members of the Canadian House of Commons, Senate, and Cabinet, and has built bridges with the US Congress in order to educate decision-makers about violations of religious freedom around the world. He has had the opportunity to testify numerous times before parliamentary bodies including the Subcommittee for International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, United States Congressional subcommittees and commissions, and the Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism in Canada. He has advocated on behalf of Christians, Falun Gong, Jews, Bahá’í’s, Ahmadiyya Muslims, and China’s Uyghur Muslims, among others. Leading North American and international news media have featured his work which has also been the subject of an award-winning feature-length documentary.

HONOURS AND AWARDS
2016 Raoul Wallenberg Citation for Moral Courage
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

2020 Guest Speaker

EVENT CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 Social Distancing)

Rev. Majed El Shafie

Rev. Majed El Shafie is a human rights advocate and founder of One Free World International (OFWI). His human rights journey started in his native Egypt that he was later forced to flee after he was severely tortured and sentenced to death for his conversion to Christianity and bringing awareness to human rights violations related to religious persecution.

Our Committee

The WS Prayer Breakfast community is made up of volunteers who have a passion for prayer and community. The committee includes: Kesha Wint (current chair), Dennis Seeley (past chair), Clyde Smith, Diane Ward, Brandi Pickering, Edward Nelles, and Pat Montgomery.

The committee is always interested in hearing from those who understand our purpose and beliefs, have good ideas and are willing to pitch in! You might even find yourself asked to JOIN the committee!

2019 W-S Prayer Breakfast Details

Date:
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Times:
Breakfast Buffet – 7:00am
Program – 7:30am to 9:00am

Location:
Station Creek Golf Club
12657 Woodbine Ave.

Tickets:
Regular Tickets $20
Youth Tickets $5