Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

18 – 25 January 2021

Today marks the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. If someone were to ask me how we observe this (by praying of course), I would also answer that the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

During this extraordinary period, since lockdown last year, members of St Andrews, spread far and wide, have had no qualms about attending a local church, of various protestant and catholic manifestations. It has been good to hear from some of our members that they have been able to worship near where they live. In the last year, I have also called upon the services of colleagues from the Old Catholic Church, on occasion, as Anglicans are in communion with them.

Remember to pray this week !

Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity may be found here (there are even Welsh language versions):

Switzerland had a key influence on Christian thinking hundreds of years ago in the run-up to reformation. I did a little research in Cambridge (it was convenient, having several history Fellows as personal friends), and there was much academic to and fro between academics in Cambridge and their theological counterparts in Switzerland. (I had no idea at the time, that I would end up here, myself.) I have been warmly welcomed by ecumenical colleagues from other churches in Zurich and invited to take part in services at Grossmünster, Liebfrauenkirche, Fraumünster and, of course, some joint activity with IPC, the Methodists and the French church, in our street.

Denominations have moved on since the days of Zwingli in Zurich all those years ago. The ecumenical movement has grown considerably;  in the UK, it has managed to draw in pretty well all denominations and renamed itself several times in the process, now being Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was initiated by the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was founded in Amsterdam, in 1948, and operates out of Geneva.

Enjoy the above links, and remember to pray for ecumenism around the globe – that’s all of us Christians – as unity is a theme of Christian faith, as well as a challenge.

Paul
Chaplain