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Story by the Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications, Council of Bishops
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is urging all United Methodists to join in the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which starts on Jan. 18 and runs until Jan. 25.
Organized by the World Council of Churches, this year’s Week of Prayer is under the theme "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ..." and is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20.
During the week, congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services.
Traditionally, the week of prayer is celebrated between Jan. 18-25, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In the southern hemisphere, where January may be vacation time, churches often find other days to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost, which is also a symbolic date for unity.
The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Indonesia. Read more about the resources here.
Download 2019 materials in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese here.