Celebrate "Week of Prayer" for Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). 2011 theme: One in the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer (Acts 2:42). The scheduled dates are January 18-25, 2011.
“United Methodists respond to the theological, biblical, and practical mandates for Christian Unity by firmly committing ourselves to the cause of Christian Unity at local, national, and world levels. We invest ourselves in many ways by which mutual recognition of churches, of members, and of ministries may lead us to sharing in Holy Communion with all of God’s people.” -2008 Book of Discipline
Day 1, They devoted themselves...
Joel 2:21-22, 28-29, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh.
Psalm 46, God is in the midst of the city.
Acts 2:1-12, When the day of Pentecost had come.
John 14:15-21, This is the spirit of truth.
The journey of this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins in
The "they" is the earliest Church born on the day of the Pentecost. All who live in continuity with the day of Pentecost live in continuity with the earliest
According to an ancient eastern tradition, the succession of the church comes through continuity with the first Christian community of
The sign of continuity for all the churches is maintaining the "marks" of the first Christian community through our devotion to the "apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers."
Almighty and Merciful God, with great power you gathered together the first Christians in the city of
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who liberates us from the bondage of sin and death. Amen.