Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Published on Jan 7th, 2016 by Webminister | 0

7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 20th
at St. Saviours Anglican Church

701 Ward Street

You are welcome to join folks from
Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Saviours Anglican Church, Cathedral of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, and Nelson United Church
in this ecumenical celebration
By coming together during this week,
we join with the people around the world
to pray for Christian unity –
in worship, reflection, study, and fellowship.

 

Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God

 Every year, between January 18 (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25 (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul), Christians around the world are invited to celebrate a week of prayer for the unity of all Christians, to re ect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908 as an observance within the Roman Catholic Church by Fr Paul Wattson, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Graymoor, New York. In November of 2014, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops endorsed the cause for Fr Wattson’s canonization.

Since the founding of the World Council of Churches in 1948, many other Christian denominations around the world have come to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and since 1968, the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC and the Pontifcal Council for Promoting Christian Unity have collaborated to produce materials for use over this eight-day period. Every year, the Commission on Faith and Witness of the Canadian Council of Churches assembles an ecumenical writing team to adapt these materials for the Canadian context, and to create additional planning resources.

This year’s resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by an ecumenical team in Latvia, representing various churches and religious organizations. They have chosen as their theme “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God”, inspired by 1 Peter 2:9 – “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” ey invite Christians around the world to re ect on what it means to be the people of God, and how we are called both to proclaim and to respond to the acts of God in the world.

More detailed information, and electronic versions of the Canadian resources for the
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2016, can be found at weekofprayer.ca

 

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