Hospitality and Hope: 2017 World Refugee Day

2016, 15 pp
Stories of people on the move punctuate human history from time immemorial. The Bible itself is filled with stories of people being forced from their homes, beginning with Adam and Eve and including Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Today, our hearts and minds are captivated by Syrian refugees, but Somalia, Afghanistan and other countries also produce thousands of refugees. Refugees continue to seek spaces of safety in many places and for many reasons.

MCC has been integrally involved in providing emergency assistance to thousands of internally displaced families in Syria and Iraq, and as well Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. MCC has also facilitated the sponsorship of many hundreds of refugees in their resettlement in Canada from the Middle East and elsewhere.

The work of offering assistance to refugees is intensely practical work—whether that means providing humanitarian assistance (such as food, shelter, and medicine), sponsorship for resettlement, or the possibility of a return home. But at MCC we believe that our work of refugee response also takes place at the spiritual level: in individual hearts and in worshipping communities. So we offer this resource as an integral part of our response to “serve in the name of Christ.”

This worship resource invites Canadian congregations to focus their worship around the plight of refugees in the context of World Refugee Day (June 20). It contains information about the history of World Refugee Day and the current refugee crisis, stories of refugee and response situations, as well as a variety of worship resources to assist you in planning a meaningful time of worship in your congregation. It includes links to additional sources for those who wish to learn more.

We invite you to pray, worship, learn, give, and be inspired to offer hospitality and hope to refugees.

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