Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
What is the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’? Well, it’s something Christians observe every year. A time to disregard boundaries and differences in style of worship. Every Christian is invited to take part.
This year, it begins on Friday 18th January and ends on Friday 25th. In Central Sutton Coldfield, joint services for Christian Unity are being held at each individual church – we host one at 4 pm on Thursday 24th. And the main joint service is at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th January at the United Reformed Church.
For the last two thousand years, Christians have been on a journey of understanding about the teaching of Jesus. This has led to a remarkable diversity of thought, practice and tradition.
Christians are uncomfortably aware that this diversity can be seen as a failing, and that we need to be reminded regularly of the words of Jesus about unity. He prayed for the unity of his Disciples “They may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17:1). Jesus was telling his disciples that unity is an essential part of Christian mission.
So, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we remind ourselves of the values at the heart of Christianity that bind us together. The theme this year is Justice for All – a theme that runs throughout the Bible.
Perhaps the words of the prophet Micah best define our God-given mission to the world. “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Revd Paul Duckers