Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ~ January 18 – 25

“They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.  In the northern hemisphere, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally held every year between January 18th (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25th (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul). In the southern hemisphere, it is often celebrated during the Pentecost season.

The international resources for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches of Malta and Gozo. The 2020 theme, “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2), remembers the historic shipwreck of Paul on the island of Malta and calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. As an island nation, boats are an important part of Maltese life.

For more information about this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, go here.  In the Resources, there is an International Booklet that includes a commentary on the scripture for this year’s theme (Acts 27: 18 – 28: 10), the ecumenical situation in Malta, a worship service, and a reflection for each of the eight days of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Day 1: Reconciliation: Throwing the cargo overboard
Day 2: Enlightenment: Seeking and showing forth Christ’s light
Day 3: Hope: Paul’s message
Day 4: Trust: Do not be afraid, believe
Day 5: Strength: Breaking bread for the journey
Day 6: Hospitality: Show unusual kindness
Day 7: Conversion: Changing our hearts and minds
Day 8: Generosity: Receiving and giving

 

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