Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) for 2020 are now available to buy or download online from the Christians Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) website.
The materials have been prepared by the Christian Churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta) and are entitled ‘Unusual Kindness’.
On 10 February, many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer. The story of St Paul’s being shipwrecked on Malta in Acts 27 and 28 will lead us, during this week, to reflect upon many aspects of our own lives and the lives of our Churches.
Bishop John McDowell, Chair of the Church of Ireland’s Commission on Christian Unity and Dialogue, remarked: “I hope that this annual commendation of the order of service and other materials relating to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, provided by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, is not received simply as a formality. Although it has both its critics and its weaknesses, the WPCU provides all of us with a fixed point in the year to celebrate, initiate, or perhaps revive the emphasis on solidarity in faith between believers in service of the Gospel and the World that is very opportune.”
Materials are available in a variety of formats (please see here for more information) and may be obtained by downloading them for free from the CTBI website; ordering printed copies from Norwich Books and Music by calling 00 44 (0) 1603 785 925; or downloading and posting the order form.
WPCU is traditionally observed from 18 to 25 January – the octave of St Peter and St Paul, however in some areas it is observed at Pentecost or some other time.