Each year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity honored at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is incredibly memorable. This year was no exception. Faculty, staff and students joined with Christians all around the globe over the course of a week, with gatherings focused around a particular annual theme selected by Christians in a new geographic region each year.Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor, the school's Director of Worship, shared some of this year's highlights: "Some of the significant elements this year were definitely the edgy theme for the week, Has Christ been divided?, offered by the churches of Canada, as well as the amazing image of the crossroads and lone tree that our school used in the year's poster and postcards. Well over 100 people attended our annual regional prayer service on Sunday afternoon at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in downtown Seattle (even though we were competing with the Seattle Seahawks football game!). Around the room were pictured the images from the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which illustrate so powerfully the true needs of our world today. All gathered took time to prayer over the themes of unity and justice that are at the very heart of Gospel, using the Millennium Goal images and words as a place to begin in prayer. Below are those very same images, if you weren't able to join us and here are the prayers for download that we prayed for you to pray through at home. That afternoon, we sang together these poignant words:
How long will we sing? How long will we pray?How long will we write and send?How long will we bring? How long will we stay?How long will we make amends?Until all are fed! we cry out; until all on earth have bread.Like the One who loves us each and every onewe serve until all are fed. A reflection at morning prayer on Tuesday, together we reflected on God’s faithfulness even in the midst of severe illness and death. In an afternoon worship on Tuesday, we prayed prayers from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, and American Baptist traditions. On Thursday morning, we used our new Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal for the first time at morning prayer, and on Friday morning were led in prayer by our American and Indonesian Mennonite partners."Many thanks to the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Seattle Archdiocese for your continued partnership in honoring the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in a significant way every year. Bookmark our webpage to follow the Week of Prayer in future years, here.
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