Friday, 12 November 2010

All Things in Common

Today, a brief visit to the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website, for details of 2011's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18 - 25 January 2011.  The theme is 'All Things on Common' and materials can be found here on the CTBI website.

There is a pamphlet and this can be ordered from the webpage or downloaded.  A small donation is requested for downloads.

Here are some excerpts form the flyer for the week and the website, which explain the theme:

This year an ecumenical group in Jerusalem were the originators of the material. Amidst all the turmoil, danger, injustice and fragility of the Middle East, the Churches in Jerusalem challenge the whole Church to remain faithful to the vocation to be one, and to recommit ourselves to pray for the unity of the church that world might believe.

The Christians of Jerusalem and indeed much of the Middle East are living under tremendous pressure and we are all too aware of the difficulties they experience both in terms of the political and religious situation and their dwindling numbers. However they are also communities of faith that worship, pray and study together, who work for the good of their society and pray for unity of the Church and the coming of the Kingdom of God. In 2011 they invite the world-wide Church to pray with them for the unity of the Church and justice and peace in the Holy Land and through the world.

The material was developed by the International Committee for the Week of Prayer composed of members of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and adapted into its present form by writers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on behalf of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

The Britain and Ireland Writers Group are pleased to commend the worship materials for 2011 and have written some additional material to complement the liturgies from the churches of Jerusalem.

The aims of the week are:
  • To pray as Christ prayed “That they may be one”.
  • To pray for the unity of all Christian people as we share in Christ’s ministry The Week of Prayer offers opportunities to meet and pray with fellow-Christians of different denominations in your locality. Often new local initiatives emerge out of such meeting and praying together.
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