Prayer for Christian unity

The theme for the coming year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes from the Bible: What does God require of us? (See Micah 6:6–8.) Events in most parts of the world are scheduled for January 18–25. (In the southern hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, events are usually scheduled around Pentecost in June, to allow for the summer vacation in January.) All Christians, no matter which side of the equator they are on, are invited to participate in this annual week of prayer. Individuals and congregations can become involved in a variety of ways. 

Some churches and Christian communities who feel comfortable worshiping together may choose to observe the week of prayer through a single common service. Others may wish to incorporate material provided by the planners into their own services and make them appropriate for their own setting. They can also do Bible studies based on the biblical texts and reflections provided by the planners. And finally, individuals may make use of the same material and choose to pray privately. They will be in communion with others praying around the world for the greater visible unity of Christ’s church.

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