Brexiteers and Remainers, Deal or No Deal…
Trump and Biden, Right Vs. Left…
Science and the Anti-vax campaigners…
Now, more than ever, it feels like we’re leaving in increasingly polarized times, our media is dominated with tension, our news shared by those who shout the loudest. The views seem to be getting more extreme, the dialogue more shallow and the visions of the future presented by either side more and more bleak.
And here we are – the Church, the salt of the earth, the light of the world, the people of God.
This is our opportunity to model a different kind of community, many different styles and traditions, views and opinions, and yet united together in Christ; made one by His grace, made pure by His blood, made strong in His love.
We need to come together.
We need to pray together.
Here in Whitchurch, we’re marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from Sun 24th – Sun 31st Jan in a different way this year. Now, the eagle-eyed among you will notice that it’s technically a week later than the official week… but – because of our plans this year to do more together, we needed time to prepare and plus we figured that praying for church unity is needed all throughout the year!
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
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This year, we will be posting a reflection prepared by one of the local church leaders each morning of that week. The reflections will lead us through that passage in John 15 and inspire us to pray for deeper unity among us. These will be shared on youtube, facebook and we’ll all be emailing the links out to anyone that requests them too.
Joint Zoom Prayer Meeting
7pm, Thursday 28th January
Also, at 7pm on the Thursday evening of the week (28th Jan), everyone is invited to join us on zoom for a time of prayer together, and we seek God’s face and cry out to Him on behalf of our church and nation. If you would like that link, please email me.
6pm, Sunday 31st January
We will mark the end of the week with a joint celebration together, which will be shared on YouTube. Although we cannot physically meet, we can always gather together in Jesus’ Name. Everyone is invited to share in our time of prayer and worship together!
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
At a time of great division, let’s come together as the refuge of Christ-like love that the world so desperately needs right now.
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