An ecumenical celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held at Chrift Church Cathedral on January 19, 2014. Around 700 people attended this annual event, with 9 Christian denominations officially represented.
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We came together in prayer and song to be a witness to our unity as followers of Christ, to encourage each other in our common discipleship and in the pursuit of ever closer relationships in the building of God’s Kingdom of peace in love here in our city.
Theme: “Has Christ Been Divided?” (1 Co 1:13)
As Canadian Christians, we are mindful that we have not always been ready to rejoice in the gifts of God present in other Christian communities. Reading Paul’s text in an ecumenical spirit, we become more conscious of being invited to rejoice sincerely in how God has blessed other Christians and other peoples. Those who first brought the Christian faith to Canada were often dismissive of the gifts and insights of the indigenous peoples, and failed to see the blessings God bestowed through them. They had the opening words by praying God in the four directions.
Exchange of Spiritual Gifts
The following list shows the name of the Church representatives and the gift we gratefully receive from their Church.
Roman Catholic Church
Archbishop Christian Lépine
Rt. Rev’d. Barry Clarke
Rev. Richard Bonetto
Gift: LIVING FAITH
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pastor Samuel King Kabu
Gift: SOLA SCRIPTURA, SOLA GRATIA and SOLA FIDE
United Church of Canada
Rev. Dr. Phyllis Smyth
Gift: SOCIAL JUSTICE
Romanian Orthodox Church
His Grace Ioan Casian
Gift: TEACHINGS OF THE HOLY FATHERS and ICONS
Pasteur Jérôme Rajabu
Gift: PASSION FOR THE BIBLE
Pastor Daniel Price
Gift: HOSPITALITY, WORSHIP and COMMUNITY
Major Brian Venables
Gift: HOPE FOR ALL
Archbishop Christian Lépine’s Homily
Msgr. Christian Lepine, bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal gave the Message/Homily for this year’s Ecumenical Service. To read it, click here.
This ecumenical service was filmed by Radio-Canadaand France 2 and broadcasted in Canada and Europe on January 26. (links to come soon).
Come to this year’s ecumenical service, and listen with the beat of the drum for what the Spirit is saying to us. Ask yourself and your community the question, “Has Christ Been Divided?”
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