One in the Apostles: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011
|First Pentecost...engraving by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872).|
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
The theme for the 2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - "One in the Apostles' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer" - invites Christians everywhere to pause and reflect on our relationship to the mother Church of Jerusalem and our own journeys of faith.
Prepared by Christians in Jerusalem, the theme and prayers for the Week of Prayer (5-12 June) celebrate the origins of the first church in Jerusalem. It is a call for inspiration and renewal, a return to the essentials of the faith - and a time to remember when the church was still one.
There is a journey of faith each of us can take over the eight days of the Week of Prayer. Day 8 (Sunday 12 June) concludes the journey with a call from the Jerusalem churches to the wider service of reconciliation.
Even if Christians achieve unity among themselves, their work is not done, for they need to reconcile themselves with others.
In the Jerusalem context this means Palestinian and Israeli; in other communities, Christians are challenged to seek justice and reconciliation in their own context.
Prayer for Day 8 (Sunday 12 June)
Called for the service of reconciliation
God of Peace, we thank you that you sent your Son Jesus, so that we might be reconciled to yourself in Him. Give us the grace to be effective ambassadors of reconciliation within our churches. In this way help us to serve the reconciliation of all peoples, particularly in your Holy Land – the place where you demolish the wall of separation between peoples, and unite everyone in the body of Jesus, offered on Mount Calvary. Fill us with love for one another; may our unity serve the reconciliation that you desire for all creation. We pray in the name of Christ, through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things in heaven and earth, making peace by the blood of the Cross. Amen.
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