Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017Published on 12th January, 2017
‘That they may be one, as We are one’
( St John, chapter 17, verse 11 )
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.*
“Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us”
( 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
has been chosen as the 2017 theme,
affording opportunities, it is hoped, for steps toward reconciliation.
A committee of ten representatives of different churches,
the Council of Churches in Germany (ACK), created the resources for the 2017 Week laying particular emphasis on the Week’s ecumenical worship service while at the same time commemorating the beginnings of the Lutheran Reformation which celebrates its
500th anniversary this year.
‘ God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself,
and He has committed this message of reconciliation to us.’
( 2 Corinthians 5, verse 19 )
Each year, Christian Aid provides the
Go and Do action points for each of the daily reflections –
linking into the important work of Christian Aid
in the relief of poverty and advocacy of justice.
* ( Some areas, however, make a convincing case for it to be held at
Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. )