Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
24-31 May 2020
From the websites of the World Council of Churches and National Council of Churches Australia
At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that ‘they may be one so that the world may believe’ (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed in the week between Ascension and Pentecost. This year’s theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. The international resources for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by colleagues in Malta. The 2020 theme, ‘They showed us unusual kindness’ (Acts 28:2), remembers the historic shipwreck of Paul on the island of Malta and calls us to a greater generosity to those in need.
The following link of resources are based on the international material for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity produced by the World Council of Churches and have been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace:
give us grace seriously to lay to heart
the great danger we are in by our divisions.
Take away all prejudice and pride,
and whatever else may hinder true harmony,
for there is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of us all.
Grant that we may glorify your name together
that the world may believe in you. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
I leave you peace, my peace I give you.
Look not on our sins, our divisions and our confusions
but grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever. Amen.
A Prayer Book for Australia, Broughton Books 1999, p213