Pray without ceasing: 2008 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 — Jan. 9, 20089 janv. 2008

“Pray without ceasing” is the theme of the 2008 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Celebrated in Canada from January 20 to 27th, this year the theme is drawn from the St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians (I Th. 5:17). Paul’s encouragement to pray without ceasing is particularly apt for this year’s Week of Prayer which commemorates the 100th anniversary of this annual observance.

.”.. we appeal to you, brothers and sisters… Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Th. 5:12a, 13b-18, NRSV)

The materials from the 2008 WPCU international resource package are available for download in PDF format. Adapt these materials in your own settings, and print the worship service freely in your own church bulletins.

The “Ecumenism in Canada” WPCU page includes a number of suggestions for observing the week. The following resources might be of particular help.

A Model for Visits to Neighbour Churches during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
An article by Angelika Piché in Ecumenism (no. 151, Sept. 2003)
• « Un modèle pour la semaine de prière pour l’unité chrétienne »
Une article par Angelika Piché pour la revue œcuménisme (numero 151, sept 2003)
A brief history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Prepared by Nicholas Jesson, this text may be freely duplicated in church bulletins or newsletters.

Worship services and other events are scheduled across Canada and around the world. Events are listed on this website for Calgary, Edmonton, Humboldt, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Montréal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, Victoria, and Winnipeg. If you would like us to list your WPCU event in Canada, please email the .

Daily reflections on the theme for each of the eight days are found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

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