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week of prayer for
You are witnesses to these things(Luke 24:48)
18-25 January 2010
Churches around the world traditionally mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from 18 to 25 January in the octave between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, although some local contexts choose to celebrate it around the Feast of Pentecost.
The global organisers (the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches) of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity asked Scotland to host the week in 2010 to mark the centenary of the first world mission conference that met in Edinburgh. This gathering is traditionally seen as the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement, which seeks the visible unity of the world's divided churches.
Scottish churches are also involved in celebrations for the anniversary of the 1910 conference on the theme, "Witnessing to Christ today". Scotland therefore suggested as the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010, "You are witnesses to these things" (Luke 24:48).
The Four Nations Writers Group has adapted the material written by the Scottish group and added some extra resources which are available in Welsh and English (an Irish version will appear in due course).
This year there are a number of differences:
- The main service is offered in 2 formats - a ‘liturgical' form and one designed where local practice is towards ‘freer' and more informal styles.
- The material for each of the days during the week is in a different style - this time we have meditations that have been specially written by members of the Four Nations Writers Group.
- As well as a Powerpoint version, as offered last year (in Welsh as well as English), there is also an additional meditation with accompanying Powerpoint slides.
The resources are available as free downloads from our resources page. This includes an order form to purchase the material in a published format.