Saturday, 5 November 2011
Preparing for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
"WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED is the title of next year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials.
These materials are now available for order or for download from the Churches Together in Britain & Ireland website at http://www.ctbi.org.uk/569 and can easily be adapted for local needs. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January - the octave of Prayer for Christian Unity ending on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Some areas, however, observe it at Pentecost or some other time. To allow for local decision making, the material has only the year on it and the days are denoted by the numbers one to eight, so you can use it at any time of year.
“Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light.
The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.
Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ. This is an exciting vision, but also a challenging one. Furthermore, when we pray for this transforming unity we are also praying for change in ourselves and in the world”.
If you require assistance in preparing a liturgy or identifying a speaker for your ecumenical service, please either contact John Roberts or Barbara Hopper at Dabcec."