Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019The theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to us from Indonesia: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).
The 2019 theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. Drawing on the traditional values of Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and gotong royong (living in solidarity and by collaboration), Indonesian Christians invite us to be a united witness, and an agent of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world, by making specific commitments to justice, equality, and unity.
What is it?
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 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.
When does it take place?
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally held every year between January 18th (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25th (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul).
Why does it matter?
In the Gospel of John, Christ prays for his disciples before going to the cross. He asks that his followers “may all be one,” as he and the Father are one, “so that the world may believe” and have life in his name (John 17). Christian unity is here made central to the very being of the church and to its mission and witness.
Year of Prayer
Day by day through the Octave of Prayer we listen to Ecumenical representatives across our diocese who help us ponder how we move from shared prayer to shared action
Let this Week of Prayer, maybe, allow you to ponder what we can learn from the other churches and how, in your own area, you might work with the other communities of faith to live out the mission of Christ.
You can find the resources for this Week of Prayer from the CTBI website below
Anne Doyle gives us a brief introduction to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Anne is the Chair for the Commission for Unity and Dialogue in the Clifton Diocese
Day by day the reflections will appear below:
Day one: Friday 18th January; Bishop Robert Springett;
Day two: Saturday 19th January; Alan Dixon, the Ecumenical Officer for Churches together in Somerset
Day three: Sunday 20th January; Anne Doyle, Chair for the Commission for Unity and Dialogue in the Clifton Diocese
Day four: Monday 21st January: David Carter; Methodist Minister
Day five: Tuesday 22nd; Stephen Petter; Member of Bristol area Quaker Meeting
Day six: Wednesday 23rd; Sue Ingham, parishioner at St Bonaventure, Bristol
Day seven: Thursday 24th; Alan McFall, Secretary at Melksham Baptist Church and chair of Melksham Family of Churches.