Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 3
20th January 2020
Hope: Paul’s message
Acts 27.22, 34
“I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only
of the ship
… none of you will lose a hair from your heads …”
Psalm 27
Mathew 11:28-30
As Christians belonging to churches and traditions that are not fully reconciled to one
another, we are often discouraged by the lack of progress towards visible unity. Indeed, some
have given up all hope and see this unity as an unattainable ideal. Others don’t even see unity
as a necessary part of their Christian faith. As we pray for this gift of visible unity, let us do
so with steadfast faith, enduring patience and expectant hope, trusting in God’s loving
providence. Unity is the Lord’s prayer for the Church and he is accompanying us on this
journey. We will not be lost.
God of mercy,
lost and disheartened, we turn to you.
Instil in us your gift of hope.
May our churches hope and strive for the unity
for which your Son prayed on the eve of his passion.
We ask this through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


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