Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
04 January 2017
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2017 material has been prepared for worldwide use by the churches in Germany based around the verses 2 Corinthians 5:14-20.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time. The aim of WPCU is to pray as Christ prayed ‘that They may be one’ and to pray for the unity of all Christian people as we share in Christ’s ministry.
There are fifty million Christians in Germany who, traditionally, have mostly belonged to the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Protestant State Churches. Recent developments, particularly the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, have begun to change this balance and other Christian traditions are finding expression. Whilst that which unites the churches is stronger than that which divides, there are still areas of difference in which the churches remain self-absorbed or construct new walls.
The text from 2 Corinthians announces that God has, in Christ, reconciled the world to himself. The love of Christ compels us to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, which is enacted by dismantling the walls. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany experienced how a seemingly insurmountable wall could be brought down. The fall of this wall is a symbol of hope that, with the love of God, nothing is impossible.
The ‘Crossing Barriers’ materials are available to order or download in a variety of formats and are available in English, Welsh/English and Irish. More information can be found on the website.