Lord, you are the vinedresser
This month January, we are celebrating our links with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (ctbi). At certain times of the year Christians join together in joint prayer. Some of these prayer times are in response to an international need and at other times the prayer is part of an ongoing pattern of prayer.
January is the time that Christians celebrate together in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This programme of prayer is lead by the World Council of Churches. The theme this year is Abiding in Christ and has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
This year the week of prayer will be held between 18th -25th January. Many members of our local branches will be joining with their sisters and brothers in Christ during the week of prayer and sharing the Ecumenical Celebration. The practical outreach for the week of prayer is channelled through Christian Aid as “Go and Do” https://ctbi.org.uk/go-and-do-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021/
This month’s prayer has come from the celebration service.
In peace let us pray to the Lord:
Lord, you are the vinedresser who cares for us with love.
You call on us to see the beauty of each branch united to the vine,
the beauty of each person.
And yet, too often the differences in others make us afraid.
We withdraw into ourselves.
Our trust in you is forsaken.
Enmity develops between us.
Come and direct our hearts toward you once again.
Grant us to live from your forgiveness so that we may be together and praise your name.
For more details about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity follow this link:-
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021