Guest column: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
One of Williams' best-kept secrets is the Williams Community Churches Prayer Evening, which takes place on the last Sunday of each month. From the Galilee Baptist Church to the Methodist Church; from the Catholic Church to the Family Harvest Church; and from everyone in between, this hour of prayer and praise is always a very special gathering and one of the most beautiful, peaceful and joyful hours you could imagine.
This month offers a very special opportunity to come together in a spirit of grace and love.
The international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) takes place from January 18-25. St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church will host the first Williams Community Churches Prayer Meeting of 2015 with a special Week of Prayer for Christian Unity evening on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. St. Joseph's is located at 900 W. Grant Ave. in Williams.
For more than a century now, a very beautiful and unique event happens each January when churches of various Christian denominations meet to pray that they "may all be one" in Christ Jesus. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a 107-year history in which Christians around the world have taken part in an eight-day (Octave) prayer week for visible Christian unity.
Based around the traditional date of Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (Jan. 25), this annual event began in 1908 in the chapel of a small Atonement Franciscan Convent of the Protestant Episcopal Church, on a remote hillside 50 miles from New York City.
This new prayer movement caught the imagination of others beyond the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement to become an energetic movement that gradually blossomed into a worldwide observance involving many nations and millions of people.
By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one." (cf. John 17:21)
You are all are welcome to join the Williams Community Churches for An Evening of Music, Prayer & Cuisine.
On Sunday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.
The evening will feature Stormy Jackson & Ancient Artifacts, Pastor Terrence Hatcher and Patrick Lucas.
Please join us for a beautiful evening of unity and of prayer in the spirit of our God of love and joy. A reception will follow in the Church Hall.
Fr. Kilian McCaffrey
Pastor, St. Joseph Parish
900 West Grant Ave
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