Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power

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The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to us from the Caribbean region: “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6).

The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanizing project of colonial exploitation. In their aggressive pursuit of mercantile gains, the colonisers codified brutal systems which traded human beings and their forced labour.

Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of God’s saving action which brings freedom. The Caribbean ecumenical team chose the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21) – a song of triumph over oppression – as the motif of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The resources have been prepared by the churches of the Caribbean by an ecumenical team of women and men. The themes include ‘liberation from slavery, injustice, and poverty’ and ‘building hope through faith, and compassion, and family, and covenant’.

ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR ST. CATHARINES CHURCHES Sunday January 21, 3:00 pm At the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria with Bishop Gerard Bergie D.D. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
God of compassion, you have loved and forgiven us in Christ, reconciling the entire human race in that redeeming love. Look with favour upon us, who work and pray for the unity of divided Christian communities. Grant us the experience of being brothers and sisters in your love. May we be one, one in your hand. We pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

More information at weekofprayer.ca