This is a busy time for many churches. Here Down Under it is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (disunitedly observed in January by the Northern Hemisphere!!). It is also the period, between Ascension and Pentecost of #ThyKingdomCome, a burgeoning movement of prayer and missional action for God's Kingdom to ... Come!
Today I want to concentrate on praying for Christian Unity, a prayer our Lord himself prayed (John 17). The other day I came across this lovely encouragement from Cardinal John Dew of the Catholic Church in NZ and Archbishop of Wellington.
"WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
13-20 MAY 2018
Message for parish bulletins for Ascension Sunday
As we gather in our parish each weekend for Mass other Christians are gathering in
churches in our area for their Sunday worship. They are our neighbours, friends, people we
meet in the supermarket, perhaps even our relatives.
We gather separately because of events that happened centuries ago. We have moved on
from wars among Christians, hostility and bitterness, to respecting one another and being
able to honestly acknowledge the many things we have in common – at the heart of which is
our shared belief in Jesus Christ.
We have also found many practical ways to work together
for the common good of our community.
The feast of the Ascension this weekend marks the beginning of the annual Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity, which extends until Pentecost Sunday next weekend.
It is a time to
reflect upon how we each might do some small thing for Christian unity, prayer, reaching
out to someone from another Christian church, contributing to food banks supported
jointly by churches, taking part in an ecumenical service.
Nothing is too small in the work of promoting Christian unity. We are restoring that
fractured unity piece by piece, and each of us has one or more of the pieces to put in place.
John A Cardinal Dew
Archbishop of Wellington
Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism"