Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18th – 25th January 2018

Thursday 18th January to Thursday 25th January 2018

The material for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was produced in 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.

Churches Together in Harborne Events

Week Days

8am – Prayer at St Mary’s

8.15am – Prayer at St Faith & St Laurence (excl Friday)

8.30am – Mass at St Mary’s

12noon – Mass at St Mary’s

Other Events

Thursday 18 January – 10.30am – Holy Communion at St John’s Harborne

Friday 19 January – 8am – 8pm Pray24Brum at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring

Friday 19 January – 9am – Morning Prayer at St Peter’s

Friday 19 January – 3pm – Prayer for Unity at St John’s Harborne

Saturday 20 January – 8am – 8pm – Pray24Brum at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring

Saturday 20 January – 8.15am – Morning Prayer at St Faith & St Laurence

Saturday 20 January – 12noon – Mass at St Mary’s

Saturday 20 January – 6pm – Mass at St Mary’s

Sunday 21 January – Local church services

Sunday 21 January – 1pm – Bring and Share Unity Lunch at St Faith & St Laurence

Wednesday 24 January – 10am – Holy Communion at St Peter’s

Wednesday 24 January – 11am Holy Communion at St Faith & St Laurence

Wednesday 24 January 7.30pm – Prayer for Unity at Harborne Baptist

#Pray24Brum

24 hours of prayer at St Martin in the Bull Ring from 8am -7pm Fri 19th and Sat 20th January.
There are several separate hours which will be led by groups with St John’s connections (Chaplaincy Plus, World Prayer Centre, Anthony Collins Solicitors and Restore), as well as the session from 3-4pm on Saturday 20th which will be co-ordinated by members of St John’s on the theme of health and healing, including prayer for the NHS.
Click here for more information.

Also on during this week

On Sunday afternoon 21 January, St Peter’s Church are supporting a Sponsored Swim for Christian Aid, at Beeches Pool, Great Barr B42 2HQ. They would welcome anyone from St John’s Harborne who would like to share a 50 minute swimming slot, and would also be grateful for any sponsorship. For further details or if you would like to join in this event or to sponsor their team, please email comms@stjohnsharborne.org

 

 

13th Dec 2017 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 0

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