Saturday, January 18
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Minute for Mission:
Today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. For over 100 years, Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants have been invited to join in prayer and study together for the unity of the church. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a reminder that our propensity for division in the Christian family is not consistent with Christ’s prayer for the unity of believers. This year’s theme is a question drawn from Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth: “Has Christ been divided?” (1:13). Clearly, it is a rhetorical question, with the obvious answer being no. But our tendency toward separation and division within the body of Christ suggests the opposite.
The World Council of Churches held its 10th Assembly last November in South Korea. Christians from every tradition, nation, language, and life situation gathered for common prayer, workshops, ecumenical conversations, and plenary sessions—giving witness to the unity we share in Jesus Christ.
In a world faced with all that divides and destroys the human family and creation, we turned to the God of life and asked to be led to that which makes for justice and peace in our world. We sought to be faithful witnesses to the gospel in ways that invite others to encounter the living Christ. We humbly dared to reach out to sisters and brothers of other religious traditions about ways we might work together for the sake of the world we share.
—Robina Marie Winbush, associate stated clerk for Ecumenical Relations, Office of the General Assembly
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
God of life, lead us to justice and peace. As we seek to be agents of reconciliation in our world, may we give witness to the wholeness that is ours in Jesus Christ. We pray not for our own sakes but for the sake of the world you so dearly love. Amen.