Happy New Year! May our common quest for peace and unity bear much fruit in 2020.
All across Canada, Christian communities are getting ready for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (traditionally celebrated January 18-25). Each year, the 8 days of this global ecumenical event bring Christians of different traditions together in shared prayer, Bible studies, service, and fellowship. This year’s theme – ‘They showed us unusual kindness’ (Acts 28:2) – challenges us to draw on our lived experience of Christian unity and show “unusual kindness” in a world fragmented by political, economic, and ideological divisions.
8 Easy Ways to Mark the 8 Days of the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
- Find out if there is a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity event in your area. You can find some of these on our website.
- Don’t see your local Week of Prayer event on our website? Fill out this short form. We would love to share your community’s celebration with others via social media and other outlets!
- Can’t find an event close to you? Follow the WPCU Prayer and Bible Study cycle at home or with a group of friends by downloading the 2020 International Booklet and the companion Canadian Bible Study resource from our website. Each day includes a theme, Scripture readings, a short prayer, and questions for reflection.
- Use the #WeekofPrayer and #WPCU2020 hashtags (#SemainedePrière and #SPUC2020 for French) when sharing posters, photos, or impressions from your local events on social media.
- Catch highlights of events and prayer-a-day posts on the CCC’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages from January 18-26!
- Show “unusual kindness” to those who need it most in your community. Many churches gather a donation in support of a local charity during the Week of Prayer.
- Make a donation to support The Canadian Council of Churches’ mission to answer Christ’s call for unity and peace through dialogue, witness, and common action. (Note: Choose “5. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” in the CanadaHelps drop-down menu if you want your donation to support our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity work.)
- Did your community miss the January 18-25 “octave” this year? Many celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity outside these traditional 8 days! Organize a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity event in your area later this year by downloading and using the free Canadian and international worship and Bible study resources available on www.weekofprayer.ca / www.semainedepriere.ca.
Let us pray and act together for the unity of the Church, honouring Christ by showing “unusual kindness” in a divided and suffering world.
In Christ’s abundant love,
The Canadian Council of Churches