Monday, 17 January 2011


Jesus prayed that we all should be one as He and the Father are one.

Tomorrow we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Sadly, the Christian Church is still totally divided. Many years ago now, a German by the name of Gruendler compiled a dictionary of the different Christian denominations which had resulted due to the Reformation. He was the father of a large family who helped him in his task. Then he listed 2,639, now it appears that there are 38,000 different Christian denominations that can be authentically identified (and possibly more!)

This year the Prayers and Resources for the Week of Prayer have been formulated by the Christians in Jerusalem For more details click on the World Council of Churches.


God of Hope, we praise you for your gift to us of the Lord’s Supper, where, in the Spirit, we continue to meet your Son Jesus Christ, the living bread from heaven. Forgive our unworthiness of this great gift - our living in factions, our collusion with inequalities, our complacency in separation. Lord, we pray that you will hasten the day when your whole church together shares the breaking of the bread, and that, as we wait for that day, we may learn more deeply to be a people formed by the Eucharist for service to the world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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