Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Prayer for Christian Unity, Week of

January 18-25
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, as organized by the World Council of Churches, dates back to 1964. Calls for Christian unity and efforts to bring Christians of various denominations together in worship can be traced back at least 200 years earlier, however. In 1908, the Rev. Paul Watson proposed a week-long observance dedicated to Christian unity to be scheduled between the feasts of St. Peter's Chair (January 18) and St. Paul (January 25), the two great leaders of the first Christians. The World Council of Churches maintains these dates. Each year an inter-denominational committee selects a scriptural theme and prepares the outlines of a worship service for each day of the Week of Prayer. Individual congregations are free to use the material as is, or vary it to suit local practices and traditions.
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From this brainstorm, our 2010 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity emerged: a week of opportunities for students to think and talk about big, church-dividing issues from the perspective of personal story and encounter, and to share their own experiences of division and separation from other Christians while acknowledging and even celebrating the diversity of the Church.
Caption: The week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908.
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Since 1966 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been a joint project of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.
The Lord's Prayer is the one prayer that all Christians share - and sharing is what we want to do to respond to the invitation of the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The conviction that "God is love" makes possible the hope that one day Christians will surmount their divisions, Benedict XVI said when closing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25.
Some examples of concrete co-operation include joint responsibility for preparing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, full membership in the commissions on Faith and Order, Mission and Evangelism, co-operation with other World Council of Churches entities, provision for staff in areas of mission and at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, joint study projects on topics such as baptism and theological anthropology, and providing oversight and review of institutional links between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church.
The commemoration of Peter's confession that Jesus is "the Messiah, the Son of the living God" (Mt 16:16), which begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, is the context for preaching and the lens though which we read these texts.
John's--Students and faculty of Queen's College kicked off the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with an interdenominational service featuring a sermon from Archbishop Martin Currie of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of St.
| Parish communion at St George''s Church, Brockholes, took the form of a united service at which members of Brockholes Methodist Church joined those of St George's in celebration of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. The service was led by the Rev Jenny Barnes, who spoke about the occasion when Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast.
Undoubtedly, many people who have participated in local observances of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have no knowledge of the background of this worldwide observance.