A special ‘churches together’ service for Christian Unity

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A very special Ecumenical Service is taking place at Charing Methodist Church, Station Road, Charing Sunday 22nd January at 6pm. The ‘churches together’ service organised by local Methodists and Anglicans celebrates the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ taking place from 18th to 25th January. All are very welcome to gather together to pray and worship.

The service will be led by various members of the churches together including: Elizabeth Ellen (leading us in praise), with prayers from another member of the Methodist Church, a talk by Rev Philip Cox, and a welcome by Rev Richard Webb both from the G7 Benefice (C of E). We look forward to seeing you there.

To give you a flavour of this very special service here is the The Order of Service:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ecumenical Service – 6pm – Sunday 22nd Jan 2012

In Charing Methodist Church

ORDER OF SERVICE

all songs from Songs of Fellowship

Music by Laudate of Charing Methodist Church

Welcome (Rev Richard Webb – C of E)

Prayer

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your Holy Name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Praise (Elizabeth Ellen – Methodist)

As we are gathered – 28
Let there be love – 329
Father we love you -102

Reading

Hymn

A new commandment – 22

Talk

(Rev Philip Cox – C of E)

Prayers (Methodists)

and Lord’s Prayer

Hymn

Make me a channel of Your peace – 381

The Peace

Hymn

You shall go out with Joy – 640

Blessing

For your convenience you can download a (PDF) copy of this Order of Service for Ecumenical Service for ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.

The ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ is an important part of our Christian belief and this year we are focusing on a theme of change in relating to unity. The following is a quote about this from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website:

We will all be changed
Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light.

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.

Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ. This is an exciting vision, but also a challenging one. Furthermore, when we pray for this transforming unity we are also praying for change in the world.

from (CTBI) Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

For more information on Churches Together, go to the CTBI website and see the Churches Together in Kent website.