World Refugee Day – 20 June

What words express our commitment, or desire for the commitment, to reach out to welcome the stranger?

When was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?

Matthew 25:38

World Refugee Day, is a day to lift up refugees displaced by war, civil unrest and persecution, all of which tear away at the fabric of human community.

Christian Aid UK

World Refugee Day, declared by the United Nations to be marked on June 20, is a call for communities around the world to work toward peace and security for all, remembering especially the millions of people who are displaced or forcibility uprooted from their homes.

They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds

Mexican proverb

Worship resources for World Refugee Day:

Immigrant Prayer Card Handout  from Global Ministries, USA

Click here for worship items using inclusive language, including a Call to Worship, gathering prayer, prayers of the people and ideas for sermons. These Church World Service materials, focusing on Luke 7:36-8:3, are free to use.

Where is Love? (lyrics)

A song by Joe Ramsay and Peter Woods written for GC41 2012.
This song is posted on the website of the United Church of Canada. Click here.