Fermanagh Churches Forum

creating community ~ celebrating diversity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – service on 19th Jan

on January 11, 2017

Left to right: Rev Chris MacBruithin (curate, St Macartin’s Cathedral), Margaret Barkey (FCF committee member), Eileen Gallagher (FCF chair), Ronald Brown (FCF treasurer), Catherine Mulholland (FCF committee member), Tanya Jones (FCF secretary), Very Rev. Kenneth Hall (Dean, St Macartin’s Cathedral)

Crossing Barriers is the theme, especially relevant to us, of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated from 18th to 25th January. The material for this year’s celebration has been prepared by Christians in Germany, based on the words in 2 Corinthians reminding us of how we share in God’s love and in a commitment to his message of reconciliation.

There are fifty million Christians in Germany who, traditionally, have mostly belonged to the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Protestant State Churches. Recent developments, particularly the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, have begun to change this balance and other Christian traditions are finding expression. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany experienced how a seemingly insurmountable wall could be brought down. The fall of this wall is a symbol of hope that, with the love of God, nothing is impossible.

For many years the Fermanagh Churches Forum has coordinated a service in Enniskillen to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. At first this was held in neutral, secular venues, but recently it has rotated among four Presbyterian, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Catholic churches in the town centre.

This year the service will be hosted by St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral on Thursday 19th January, beginning at 7.30pm. The Dean, the Very Rev. Kenneth Hall, is delighted to welcome all to an inspiring evening of shared liturgy and music. Lay people, clergy and choirs from different Christian traditions will take part in the service along with young people from many schools in Enniskillen. The guest preacher will be the Cathedral’s curate, Rev Chris Mac Bruithin. After the service, refreshments will be served, giving the congregation the opportunity to share socially as they have in their worship.

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