Here in Banstead we shall observe the Week of Prayer together at a Service for Christian Unity at 4.00pm on Sunday 21st January at St Ann’s Catholic Church, Brighton Road, and we shall pray daily, inspired by this year’s worldwide theme: ‘That All May Be Free’. It was devised by the churches of the Caribbean, and addresses some of the problems which affect the people there, but also worldwide.
Thus the week will challenge us to consider our manner of welcoming the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.
What are Christians to do, in the face of such vast problems? The Caribbean Churches work together to heal the wounds in people’s lives, but also know that reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories. The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.
You can download prayers and reflections for each day from https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2018