The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from from 18th – 25th January and Cumbernauld Churches Together will be participating as usual this year.
There will be a short act of worship at the Church of the Holy Name, Fleming Road, Seafar on 18, 20 and 22 January at 12 noon to which all are invited. A simple soup and sandwich lunch will be available afterwards at around 12.30pm.
The 2016 material was prepared for worldwide use by the Christians of Latvia, and adapted by the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland writers group, based around the verses 1 Peter 2:9-10 – “You are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light. At one time you were not God’s people, but now you are his people; at one time you did not know God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy.”
Peter’s first letter is an encouragement to the newly baptised to live holy lives and to answer the calling shared by all the baptised to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord.
The worship service for WPCU 2016 is inspired by the verses from Peter’s letter and Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light which are important cultural themes for Latvia. Each of the days has been prepared by one of the diverse Church communities. The readings for all eight days are linked principally by the experience of being a Christian in Latvia.