WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2017
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated in Winnipeg from January 18 - 25, 2017. The theme and resources for 2017 have been prepared by an ecumenical team in Germany, representing various churches and religious organizations. They have chosen the theme “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. Christians around the world are invited to celebrate God’s reconciling grace, are called to recognize the pain of the deep divisions which afflict the Church, and urged to become ambassadors of Christ’s message of reconciliation.
The 2017 Week of Prayer will include a City-wide Ecumenical Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg. All are cordially invited to participate in this celebration with church leaders and in the other various gatherings that will be held throughout the Week of Prayer. For more information on the city-wide service and the ecumenical choir being formed for the occasion, please see the Week of Prayer poster on the church bulletin board. A companion poster contains a complete list of gatherings for the Week of Prayer.
Please note that in 2017 we are following the international dates for the week. Therefore, prior to the city-wide service with church leaders, the first gathering for the Week of Prayer will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge Street, Winnipeg.
The Week of Prayer will conclude on January 25, 2017 at Saint John XXIII Church with the praying of Vespers for the Feast of the Conversation of Saint Paul the Apostle. The Liturgy of Evening Prayer begins at 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow. All welcome!
ECUMENICAL CHOIR FOR CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION
An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 22nd during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! Rehearsals will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 and on Sunday, January 15, 2017. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service on Sunday, January 22, 2017. For further information, you may call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org