Materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 have been prepared by the churches of the Middle East – see the introduction below.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January
The story of the Magi visiting the Holy Family in Bethlehem is one very familiar to us. The Magi have sometimes been seen as a symbol of the world’s diversity – different religions and cultures – that comes to pay homage to the Christ-child. The story might therefore represent the unity of all created that God desires.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares many of the travails and much of the difficulties that it experiences, and yearns for a light to lead the way to the Saviour who is the light that overcomes darkness.
Serving the Gospel today requires a commitment to the human being, especially the poorest, the weakest and those marginalised. It requires from the churches transparency and accountability in dealing with the world, and with each other. This means churches need to cooperate to provide relief to the afflicted, to welcome the displaced, to relieve the burdened, and to build a just and honest society. This is a call for churches to work together so that young people can build a good future according to God’s heart, a future in which all human beings can experience life, peace, justice, and love.
Swanage Churches Together normally hold a united service this week, and planning has been done towards this event. However, unfortunately, the service that was to be held in the URC at 10.30am on Sunday 23rd January has had to be postponed. This is due to our expectations about the numbers likely to wish to attend, and the current concerns about infection rates of Covid-19. It is proposed that the service will take place at a later date. There is however to be a day of prayer on Saturday 22nd January at the United Reformed Church led by Katrina and Jonathan Greetham of the Swanage Salvation Army. Two sessions: 10.30 am to 12.00 noon (arrival from 10.00 a.m.) and 1.30 to 3.30 pm. Lunch is provided between the sessions. To book email Lex at firstname.lastname@example.org or text your name to 07990015489.