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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2017

PREPARATION: Bulletin & Pulpit Announcements

2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18-25, 2017 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2017 is Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). Throughout 2017, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one” joining our prayer with that of the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information go to: www.geii.org

Sunday, January 1
Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) is the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). Begun in 1908, these days have been set aside each year so that Christians the world over may share the prayer of Jesus: “that all may be one... that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Note the dates and plan to participate in the following special observances.

Sunday, January 8
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins next week, on Wednesday, January 18, and continues through Wednesday, January 25. The theme for 2017 is Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) Use the Daily Scripture and Prayer Guide to join with Christians around the world praying “that all may be one... that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Plan to join with members of other Christian churches and communities in our area for the following special observances...

Sunday, January 15
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Wednesday and continues with (event) and concludes Wednesday, January 25, with (event). Let us join other Christian churches in our area as we remember the 2017 theme, Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). You are invited to participate in these and other ecumenical opportunities: (list planned events and activities).

Sunday, January 22 – Ecumenical Sunday
Today is Ecumenical Sunday when we celebrate what God is doing through the many ecumenical agencies—local, regional, national and international—that make up the modern ecumenical movement. As we continue our special prayers “that all may be one... that the world may believe” (John 17:21), we take time to familiarize ourselves with the work that (insert the name of one or more agencies) does to promote understanding and cooperation among Christians and others in our community.

Sunday, January 22
Although the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes Wednesday, we continue to remember this year’s theme: Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) and pray “that all may be one... that the world may believe” (John 17:21). In the coming weeks and months, we will be joining other Christian churches in our area in these and other ecumenical opportunities: (listed planned events and activities). Your active participation is encouraged.