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 ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In the greater Houston area we are gathering for our 5th Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. This year’s Host Location is St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004.
This year’s theme was created by our ecumenical partners in the Caribbean. 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. It is a song of triumph over oppression. This theme has been taken up in a hymn, The Right Hand of God, written in a workshop of the Caribbean Conference of Churches in August 1981, which has become an “anthem” of the ecumenical movement in the region, translated into a number of different languages.
Singers are invited to help us demonstrate Christian unity by ministering with us as an interdenominational choir for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’s Prayer Worship Service. Prayer Service Choir Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, January 16th & 23rd, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Please do not hesitate to join!
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a time to come together to pray in common and encounter one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value that are present in each other as we join Christ’s prayer, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21) All are welcome!