Christian leaders across the UK have today issued a joint letter encouraging Christians of all denominations to join in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which runs from 18-25th January 2019.
The letter, whose signatories include Archbishop Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury); Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Archbishop of Westminster); The Revd Michaela Youngson (President of the Methodist Conference), His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos (Coptic Archbishop of London) and Pastor Agu Irukwu (Chair of Redeemed Christian Church of God UK) – invites Christians to participate in this call to prayer with the ‘utmost seriousness.’
The letter’s central message urges Christians to ‘pray together for Christian unity, in our life together, our witness and our longing to see the Kingdom of God in the midst of our world’ and to ‘find ways to give expression to our search for greater unity in obedience to the command of Christ that we love one another,’ citing Jesus’s last prayer on unity taken from John 17.
The leaders also encourage Christians not just to pray during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity but also to get involved in Thy Kingdom Come – a global ecumenical prayer movement in which Christians pray for more people to become followers of Jesus Christ.
Thy Kingdom Come, now in its 4th year, has united over a million Christians from more than 65 different denominations and traditions, in more than 114 countries to pray for evangelisation. It takes place between Ascension to Pentecost which this year is May 30th-June 9th.