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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan 18–25, 2018

Every year, between January 18-25, is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. Today, we live with divisions even as we yearn for the unity promised and commissioned by Christ. Many Christians now strive to heal these divisions, yet honour our diversity, through ecumenical dialogue, common action, and relationship-building.

The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes from the Caribbean region: “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6). Today, Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of God’s saving action which brings freedom. The Caribbean ecumenical team chose the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21)—a song of triumph over oppression—as the motif of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

 

 

Prayer of Unity Blessing

Holy God,
we come together from many places and backgrounds to worship and pray.
We are diverse, yet we share a love for and in you.
We share a desire to glorify you in all we do and say.
We confess that even as we try,
we often fail to follow Jesus’ example and lead the lives you would have us live.

Help us to turn back to you.
Remind us that we are loved and forgiven.
As we go through our day, help us to keep our focus on you,  to feel your presence
and to be guided by your Holy Spirit.
We pray this in the name of your son and our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Unity Within the Church

The church lives to praise God. We have no higher calling than to offer the worship that belongs to God day by day, Sunday by Sunday. Through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the Sacraments, in praise, prayer, teaching and fellowship, God sustains the life of the church.
(Living Faith, 7.3.1–7.3.2)