Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
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 even that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Traditionally, the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. The theme for the week of prayer in 2019, "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue..." is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Indonesia.
This service has been part of the work of The World Council of Churches since 1968. The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfill together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Here in Lexington, Gethsemane joined a group of congregations and parishes on the south side for ecumenical gatherings in 1994. Our recent convener, Melissa Holland of Pax Christi says, "We wanted to form a group that would play well together." And since then, we have.
Join us this year for our Ecumenical Worship service held at Pax Christi, 4001 Victoria Way, on January 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Each year they graciously host us and provide a lovely reception afterwards. I hope you will be able to make this service. It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy time with our Christian brothers and sisters.
With Christ's love,
2185 Garden Springs Dr. Lexington, KY 40504