Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - a call to witness, prayer and action
By Amanda Turner,
'You are witnesses to these things' (Luke 24:48)
on behalf of the Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
In 2010, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from May 16 to 23. The theme 'You are witnesses to these things' (Luke 24:48) encourages us to reflect on chapter 24 of Luke's gospel.
We focus on how questions between Jesus and his disciples invite us to consider problems, and remedies, of church division.
It is a call to witness, to prayer and to action so that we may seek to deepen our unity in Christ.
The Eight Days
We are invited to follow the whole of chapter 24 of Luke's gospel in these eight days; whether it be the terrified women at the tomb, the two discouraged disciples on the road to Emmaus or the eleven disciples overtaken by doubt and fear.
So what can you do?
You could examine an aspect of mission and unity each day of this special week.
Perhaps you could do this with others of different faith tradition?
Day 1 - Praise the One who gives us the gift of life and resurrection
Day 2 - Discover how to share the story of our faith with others
Day 3 - Recognise that God is at work in our lives
Day 4 - Give thanks for the faith we have received
Day 5 – Acknowledge Christ's victory over all suffering
Day 6 – Seek to always be more faithful to the Word of God
Day 7 – Grow in faith, hope and love
Day 8 – Offer hospitality and know how to receive it when it is offered to us.
You could attend your local Ecumenical Prayer Service
Glenbrook - St Andrews Uniting Church will be holding an ecumenical service at 8pm on Friday 21st May.
Parramatta – St Patrick’s Cathedral will be holding an Ecumenical commemoration service at 7.30pm on Monday 17 May in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. A light supper will be provided. Contact the Parish Secretary Ms Mili Lee on 8839 8414 or admin@stpatscathedral to RSVP.You could attend the NSWEC Annual Dinner
To celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Missionary Conference, the NSW Ecumenical Council is holding their Annual Dinner at Bankstown on Wednesday 19 May. Follow this link to find out more and to RSVP - NSWEC Annual Dinner
You could attend the Ecumenical lunch and Prayers
To celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity an ecumenical lunch will be held at the Campbelltown Catholic Club on Saturday 22 May at noon.
An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held at Bethlehem Monastery, Campbelltown on Saturday 22 May at 2.30pm, followed by afternoon tea.
Follow this link to find out more and to RSVP for lunch - Ecumenical Lunch and Prayers
You could attend the Youth Retreat lead by the Brothers from Taize
Brothers from the Taize community in southern France, an ecumenical, international community, will lead a weekend retreat for those between 18 and 35. You are invited to join others to pray, to listen, to share and to be bearers of trust and peace.
Follow this link to find out more about the retreat - Taize Youth Retreat
Follow this link to find out more about the Brothers of Taize - The Taize Community
For more information and help and resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity visit the National Council of Churches in Australia website - NCCA
For more information about other ecumenical events in your area, visit the NSW Ecumenical Council website - NSW Ecumenical Council events
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