Churches across the Royal County will be teaming up to take part in this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The first service takes place this Sunday, January 15, at St Michael’s Church in Tilehurst. Organised by Churches Together in Reading, the service begins at 6.30pm.
More services are planned during the course of the week which runs from Wednesday, January 18 to Wednesday, January 25.
On Sunday, January 22, there will be a service of prayer and reflections for all, based on the word of the Lord’s Prayer. This takes placed from 4pm at Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi RC Church in Earley.
Also on Sunday, January 22, Hungerford Churches Together are holding a Christian Unity service at the Catholic Church, Our Lady of Lourdes at 6.30pm. As this coincides with Homeless Sunday they have 2 speakers who help care for the homeless people in Newbury – and they have five different churches taking part.
In Moritmer a Christian Unity Service will be held at St John’s church, again on Sunday, January 22 from 6.30pm.
And on Monday, January 23, the Revd Will Watts of St Stephen’s CofE., Upper Basildon will speak at an ecumenical service at Our Lady and St Bernadette’s Church in Pangbourne from 7.30pm.
There are fifty million Christians in Germany who, traditionally, have mostly belonged to the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Protestant State Churches. Recent developments, particularly the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, have begun to change this balance and other Christian traditions are finding expression. Whilst that which unites the churches is stronger than that which divides, there are still areas of difference in which the churches remain self-absorbed or construct new walls.
The text from 2 Corinthians announces that God has, in Christ, reconciled the world to himself. The love of Christ compels us to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, which is enacted by dismantling the walls. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany experienced how a seemingly insurmountable wall could be brought down. The fall of this wall is a symbol of hope that, with the love of God, nothing is impossible.