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Christian Unity Week – 18th – 25 Jan 2019

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.

Introduction

The prayers for 2019 have been prepared by Christians from Indonesia, the largest country in South East Asia, made up of more than 17,000 islands, 1,340 different ethnic groups and over 740 local languages, united by one national language Bahasa Indonesia. With some 86% of its 260 million people estimated to be Muslim, it has the largest Islamic population of any country. About 10% of Indonesians are Christian. Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in ‘solidarity and by collaboration’, regarding all Indonesians as brothers and sisters.

But gotong royong sits ill at ease with the neo-liberal approach to economics that has led to economic growth, and corruption infecting politics and business, often with devastating effects on the environment. Meanwhile those who are supposed to promote justice and protect the weak fail to do so. As a consequence, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty. Particular ethnic and religious groups are often associated with wealth in ways that have fed tensions.

The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…'(see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation.

There is a prayer and little reflection for each day – download the little prayer booklet for the week – WopfCU 2019 Prayer Booklet Ireland

There is also a little drama you could use in schools or groups – WPCU-2019-Drama-Jesus-manifesto

Here’s a copy of the prayers and pamphlet for the week in Irish WPCU-2019-Irish-pamphlet

Inaugural Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:  This years’ service for Churches in the Dublin area will take place Friday 18 January at 8pm, in St. John the Baptist Church of Ireland, Seafield Road West, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The preacher will be Fr Fachtna McCarthy.  This act of worship is organised by the Dublin Council of Churches and all are welcome. 

There is a scripture prayer gathering in both the Village Church & Bawnogue Churches on Tuesday 22nd Jan after the 10am mass in both places – the invitation is open to all Christians in the area to join with us and come together  in prayer!

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