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Week of prayer for Christian unity; Is Christ divided?

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Today, January 19, is the second day of our annual 2014 International Week of Prayer, the octave of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the time traditionally observed between January 18-25.

The theme this year was chosen by the Churches of French Canada, from a letter written from St. Paul to the Corinthians, where he asked the question in 1 Corinthians, “Has Christ been divided?”

This question that Paul asked so long ago of the Corinthians is a timeless question, and still needs to be asked and answered by us today.

This week of prayer gives us the opportunity to prepare ourselves as we begin to reflect on how we are living our daily lives together as Christians.

Each day begins with the word “Together…” to remind us that the “Body of Christ is not divided,” and that together, as one, we should look to find what unifies us, not divides us.

Day 2: Together… we give thanks for God’s grace in one another (1 Corinthians 1:4)

Readings:
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 100
Philippians 1:3-11
John 1:1-18

Prayer:
Most loving and gracious God, we give thanks for the gifts of your grace that we experience in our own tradition and in the traditions of other churches. By the grace of your Holy Spirit, may our gratitude continue to grow as we encounter one another and experience your gift of unity in new ways. This we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

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