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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019: January 18-25th

justiceJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" - "Tu rechercheras la justice, rien que la justice." (Deuteronomy 16, 18-20)

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This year the liturgy has been put together by an ecumenical group of Churches in Indonesia. Click here to visit the World Council of Churches, where you can find out more information and download the liturgy in various languages.

This worship theme and service emphasizes the importance of moving from our discourses about unity, justice, and mercy to action and concrete commitment, and to acts of unity, justice and mercy in our personal lives, and in the life of our Christian communities.

oikumeneJoin us for services throughout the Chaplaincy in 2019:

Watch this space, as more services are planned.

Saturday 19 Jan - 15:00, Ribérac Hospital Chapel, Dordogne

Sunday 20 Jan - 11:00, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde

Tuesday 22 Jan - 20:30, Bordeaux, Eglise Sainte Croix

Wednesday 23 Jan: 11:00, Belvès, Dordogne (followed by a shared meal)

For more information, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2017 Celebration in Bordeaux of 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

reform celebrationsA terrific celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation took place in Bordeaux the weekend of October 13th-15th 2017, entitled "Vivre la Fraternité à Bordeaux". Key representatives from various Christian churches in the south west attended, with a welcome given by Pasteur Valérie Mali from the Bordeaux United Protestant church. The weekend featured processions, exhibitions, prayers, talks about the importance of protecting the Christians all over the world, blessings, a cocktail party, debates...

The culmination of this celebration took place as a combined service of worship of all the Bordeaux Protestants, including the Anglican Church, represented by Nellie Salvi, in the historic theatre Anthénée, the first time this city-owned building was used for a religious service. The celebration featured old Reformation hymns, Scripture readings, hymns of praise and thanksgiving, and prayers of intercession. Pasteur Mali led the service, while Pasteur Clavaroily, who is from Bergerac, delivered the spirit filled sermon based on the Prodigal Son.

The weekend celebrations were rounded off with further debate and an open air shared picnic in the beautiful gardens of the Mairie. The Lord provided glorious weather throughout!

Pasteur Valérie Mali did express her wish for a much closer collaboration between the Eglise Protestante Unie in Bordeaux and the Anglican Church in Bordeaux, and of course with the Chaplaincy as a whole . Christine Rychlewski, as our Ecumenical Contact, will lead this drive in Bordeaux. I assured her that we shared her vision of and desire for closer contact to the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the World.

Reformation Celebration in the Joy of Reconciliation, while denouncing the continuing Persecution of Christians the World Over.

To read Nellie Salvi's full report, click here.    To read the piece from the SudOuest, click here.

 

Engaging with Churches in Europe and around the world

The Church of England is a member of the World Council of Churches. According to a key statement from 1998, "The primary purpose of the fellowship of churches in the World Council of Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and in one Eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe." Click on the link to their website to find out more.

Click here to visit the Church of England website, to download various agreements and declarations which give context to the ecumenical background.