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Thursday, 18 January , 2018

Date:18/01/2018 - 25/01/2018 
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity services

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018: January 18-25th

oikumeneJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power" - "Ta main droite, Seigneur, éclatante de puissance" (Exodus 15:6)

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 the Caribbean. Click here to visit the World Council of Churches, where you can find out more information and download the liturgy in various languages.

The Churches of the Caribbean were chosen to draft the material for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanizing project of colonial exploitation. Very regrettably, during five hundred years of colonialism and enslavement, Christian missionary activity in the region, with the exception of a few outstanding examples, was closely tied to this dehumanizing system and in many ways rationalized it and reinforced it. Whereas those who brought the Bible to this region used the scriptures to justify their subjugation of a people in bondage, in the hands of the enslaved, it became an inspiration, an assurance that God was on their side, and that God would lead them into freedom.

Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one.

Join us for services throughout the Chaplaincy in 2018:

Saturday 20 January - 15:00 Christian Unity Service – Ribérac Hospital Chapel, Dordogne

Tuesday 23 January - 20:30 Christian Unity Service – Castelmoron, Lot et Garonne (47260)

Wednesday 24 January - time TBA - Christian Unity Service – Limeuil, Ste Catherine's church, Dordogne

Please watch this space for more celebrations as they are still in the planning stages. For more information, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, chapaq.office@gmail.com