Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is especially meaningful for me because I belong to a community that is a member of the Sword of the Spirit, an ecumenical association made up of more than 65 communities in 24 countries, with members belonging to Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions. Besides, my Dad is a Methodist and my Mom is a Roman Catholic!
This year, the prayers and commentary for the observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by a group of Christian leaders from Jerusalem. They chose as the key verse Acts 2:42, "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
Jesus prayed, "that they may all be one", John 17:21. Together with all the Christians observing this week of prayer, let us focus on what we have in common and not on our differences. And as the prayer guide says,
"God, from whom all life flows in its rich diversity, you call your Church as the Body of Christ to be united in love. May we learn more deeply our unity in diversity, and strive to work together to preach, and build up the Kingdom of your abundant love to all, while accompanying each other in each place, and in all places. May we always be mindful of Christ as the source of our life
together. We pray in the unity of the Spirit. Amen."
And to celebrate, I'm giving away the ATC above. Just as a garden of various flowers is beautiful, let us appreciate our diversity and strive to be united in love. If you would like a chance to win my simple giveaway, please just leave me a comment in this post and I will draw a winner next week!
The Giveaway is closed and the winner is Saskia!
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