For those of you with diaries with such things in them, you will know tomorrow sees the start of 2012 Week of Christian Unity, a time when Christians are invited to spend time together in worship. For those without such diaries, or those who don’t know what this week is about, here’s a bit of background.
The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (ctbi) website talks about the theme for this week, and says:
“Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light.
The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.
Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ. This is an exciting vision, but also a challenging one. Furthermore, when we pray for this transforming unity we are also praying for change in the world.”
In Parson Cross the week begins tomorrow night (18th January at 7.30pm) with worship at The Cross at Yew Lane – do feel free to join in at this or any of the other celebrations listed here:
18th January: 7.30pm Cross at Yew Lane, Yew Lane
19th January: 9.45am St Thomas More, Margetson Crescent
20th January: 12 noon Mount Tabor, Wordsworth Avenue (bottom of Southey Hill)
21st January: 7.30pm The Malt House, Monteney Crescent
22nd January: Local Sunday worship (with preacher swaps)
23rd January: 12.30pm Lunchtime prayers at SOAR Works, Knutton Road
24th January: 7.30pm church on the Corner, Buchanan Road
25th January: 9.30am St Pauls, Wordsworth Ave