Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2020

Date Posted: 1/13/2020

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2020
They Showed Us Unusual Kindness (Acts 28:2)

7th Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service, January 23, 7 p.m. Christ the King Lutheran Church

Churches in and around Houston come together every year in January in vibrant prayer and witness for Christian unity, recalling one of Jesus’ central prayers for the body of Christ, “that they may all be one.” The invitation comes from the International Committee of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

This year’s theme was issued by the churches on the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, the island where possibly the Apostle Paul landed shipwrecked and was wonderfully rescued and welcomed. Again, in recent years, the islands and coastal nations of the Mediterranean have rescued and welcomed refugees, many thousands. Combining our Christian calling of welcoming the stranger, caring for the stranded, and extending our hand, with our prayer for unity, churches in Houston pray for unity and focus again on what it means to extend unusual kindness to the lost and stranded in our own time. The ecumenical International Houston Seafarers Center will participate in the service. The port of Houston is one of the world’s largest ports, the busiest U.S. export port and welcomes thousands of seamen every year.

The central event of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be the Ecumenical Prayer Service, hosted at Christ the King Lutheran Church in the Rice Village, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77005, on January 23 at 7 p.m.

 

They Showed Us Unusual Kindness
Ecumenical Prayer Service at Christ the King Lutheran Church
January 23, 7 p.m.

The call to Show Unusual Kindness to the vulnerable, the stranger, the stranded is common to Christians around the world. It is the Gospel’s call to extend the love of Christ to our neighbor in need. On January 23, at 7 p.m., churches from all over Houston and the International Seafarers Center Houston will come together at Christ the King Lutheran Church to pray, sing and hear the Word together.

The worship theme and order for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was prepared by the churches on island of Malta where they hold the Apostle Paul in high regard as he landed there shipwrecked on his way to Rome. Again, in recent years, the islands and coastal nations of the Mediterranean have rescued and welcomed refugees in response to the Gospel of Christ’s love calling out to them.

Join us for the service and refreshments at 7 p.m. at 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005. Parking at the church or at the Rice Stadium lot ($3 with credit card).