Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 1
18th January 2020
Reconciliation: Throwing the cargo overboard
Acts 27: 18-19, 21
“We were being pounded by the storm so violently that on the next day they began to throw
the cargo overboard and on the third day with their own hands they threw the ship’s tackle
overboard… Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among
them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and
thereby avoided this damage and loss.”
Psalm 85
Luke 18: 9-14
As Christians from different Churches and Traditions, we have unfortunately, over the
centuries, accumulated plenty of baggage consisting of mutual distrust, bitterness and
suspicion. We thank the Lord for the birth and the growth of the ecumenical movement over
the past century. Our encounter with Christians from other traditions and our common prayer
for Christian Unity encourage us to seek mutual forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance.
We must not allow the baggage of our past to hinder us from drawing closer to one another. It
is the Lord’s will that we let go, in order to let God!
Forgiving God,
set us free from the painful memories of the past,
that wound our shared Christian life.
Lead us to reconciliation
so that, through the Holy Spirit we may overcome
hatred with love,
anger with gentleness,
and suspicion with trust.
We ask this in the name of your beloved Son, our brother Jesus. Amen.


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