Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 – Overall Theme: That All May Be Free
Leyland Churches are holding their Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the conventional time in January this year.
The main service is on Sunday 21st January in St. John’s Church, Leyland Lane at 3:00pm
Daily Theme: Different Families
The other services through the week are either at 12 noon or early evening each day. They are being held at:
Monday 22nd St. Andrew’s Church, Worden Lane, 1/2 Hour service at noon
Daily Theme: God Acts for the Powerless
Tuesday 23rd 7:00pm Leyland Methodist Church, Turpin Green
Young Players – Intentional Discipleship Group present ‘Welcoming the Stranger’
Wednesday 24th Leyland United Reformed Church, Hough Lane, 1/2 Hour service at noon
Daily Theme: Upholding Human Dignity
Thursday 25th St.Mary’s Church, Broadfield Drive
Short service at 6:00pm followed by soup and a roll
Daily Theme: The call to Reconciliation
That All May Be Free
This year’s theme comes to us from the churches of the Caribbean and uses Exodus 15, a song of triumph over oppression, as the motif of the Week of Prayer.
The themes of the daily material raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean. Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challenged to consider our manner of welcoming of the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs, continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.
The Caribbean Churches work together to heal the wounds in the body of Christ. Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories. The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.
Each year Christian Aid provides the Go and Do action points for each of the daily reflections – linking into the important work of Christian Aid in the relief of poverty and advocacy of justice.
Show your support for Christian Unity by posting unity messages and details of your events to our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall – simply add the #wpcuwall hashtag to your Twitter post (note they take 15 minutes to appear). You can also find updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Twitter by following the #wpcu2018 hashtag.
For more information visit www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer