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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 2021

As is customary, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held from 18th to 25th January.

The theme for this year is: "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit". It is based on John 15:1-17 and has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. It expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

Thoughts from Paula Smith

Paula, the CT Ewell chair, has provided the prayer below "that we might pray together this coming week as a way of uniting our community our nation our world". She continues:

I am going to try to pray the prayer below morning and evening and invite you to join me, knowing others will be praying it too.

You probably all know of specific people you can be praying for and naming before God as you pray of course.

Bless you all as you pray

Paula

A Prayer for Christian Unity Week

Almighty God our Heavenly Father we come to you thankful you hear us, grateful for access to you through Jesus Christ, knowing your Holy Spirit will help us as we pray.

We look to you and want to trust you in these difficult times.

We ask for healing for our land, our world and that all people may turn to you, knowing human efforts and wisdom alone cannot solve the great needs and distresses we are facing.

HAVE MERCY LORD

We pray for all those affected by covid 19.

For the sick and grieving

For the NHS and all care workers

For medical researchers and those running the vaccination programmes

For our government

Thank you for all who work to provide essesntial services, risking their own safety – for shop workers, business services, those in education, for our clergy, church leaders and those who serve our community.

We pray for all who feel in despair and who feel alone. Comfort those in deep sorrow and help us care for one another and those around us.

Thank you you are the all knowing, all seeing and all powerful God.

Amen

Abiding in Christ

Prayer Week Support

For more details of the Prayer Week, please see the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website:

CTBI details for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity