Christians Together in Bideford and District recently took part in the Week of prayer for Christian Unity 2014.
Our week of prayer started on Monday 20th January at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart. We held services at St Mary’s Parish Church, The Quakers, St Margaret’s in Northam, Bideford Baptist and our final Service of Unity was held at Lavington URC in Bideford.
This was a week filled with poignant bible readings and prayers.
Traditional Hymns and Praise Songs were sung with heartfelt dedication to the Lord.
We realise that the Church is divided not only in Bideford but worldwide. Churches and Christians together believe that no matter what denomination we come from, what our ethos or doctrine teaches us we can stand united together, bringing the lords disciples together in Christ.
Is Christian disunity a scandal before God? Or is it something we have grown accustomed to, as though it were a creaky door that we never seem to get around to fixing? St Paul's words challenge us as we reflect upon this question. To suggest that disunity is something acceptable is declaring that Christ himself is divided - and that really is a scandal!
2013 was the year in which churches from all inhabited continents of the world gathered in Korea for the 10 th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches. We gathered for no other reason than to declare to the world that our disunity is a scandal and that we will go on praying for and working for that unity which is God's gift to the church and to the world.
The Churches of French Canada have chosen for us a key biblical text of the ecumenical movement and have invited us to think about what our divisions say to the world and to each other about the Christian faith. They have also suggested that we use the Millennium Goals as a focus for our prayers for the world.
I am delights to commend you these resources, which we have adapted for use in the churches across Britain and Ireland
Revd Bob Fyffe, General Secretary Churches Together Britain and Ireland