On Sunday evening I had the privilege of preaching at a joint pastorate ecumenical service (at Ashton-on-Mersey URC in the pastorate with Sale URC, with Revd Brian Acty leading the worship in the snapshot). For many of our congregations in the Synod the focus on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a great opportunity for gathering with local ecumenical sister congregations to reflect on the call of Christ to be one, and for prayer together for our common mission in each community. It was an uplifting time at Ashton-on-Mersey URC through the focus on the CTBI prepared materials, with the particular input for this year coming from Christians in Germany. The German churches involved in preparing the materials focused on the Scripture reading in 2 Corinthians 5:14-20, and the theme of Crossing Barriers.
Please pray for:
continued opportunities for prayer with our ecumenical partners in our communities
a willingness in each community for sister congregations to seek fresh opportunities for sharing their life and witness in a unified way “that the world may believe”
encouragement for those in Christian leadership in their work involved in Crossing Barriers, whether at a national, regional, or local level
every member of our congregations to have a heart for developing strong relationships with our sisters and brothers in other churches, that we might support, encourage, and pray for one another to bear fruit of the Kingdom of God