Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

Service for Christian Unity


2 Corinthians 8:9 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor,

so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Hymn: Come let us join our cheerful song

Words of Welcome

We are here to be thankful for God's goodness to the Christian Churches throughout the world yet conscious that

many today still suffer oppression and slavery.

We also celebrate that through the scriptures many find their lives transformed by the liberating action of God.

By the Grace of God chains of enslavement are replaced by new human bonds of love and community.

In this action of God, we find unity. May God speak to us through acknowledging these experiences.

Opening Prayer

Song: Bless the Lord O my soul

Prayers of reconciliation - St Martin's

God calls us to liberation in Christ. We have not received a spirit of slavery and fear but adoption into His family.

But still old sins and habits enslave us, so let us pray and call on the mercy of God's saving power.

Forgive us when we fall into old habits of sin that undermine the dignity of others.

Kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison.

Forgive us when our choices perpetuate enslavement and poverty.

Christe eleison.

Christe eleison.

Forgive us when fear and suspicion separate us from each other and place limits on hope and healing.

Kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison.

An assurance of pardon may be given

Proclamation of the word of God

Reading 1 - Exodus 15:1-17

Listen and you mil be set free. Thanks be to God

Reading 2 - Psalm 118: 5-7,10-24

Reading 3 - Romans 8:12-27

Listen, that all may be free

Thanks be to God

SONG: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise

Reading 4 - Mark 5:21-43

Listen that all may be free Thanks be to God


  Chris Shaw, Epsom Methodist Church

Song: The Splendour of The King

Prayers of the people - Christchurch Epsom Common

Let us place our needs before the Lord.

Each intercession is read by a different reader.

As they finish, the readers each join hands or link arms with members of the assembly, thus creating a human chain.

God of the Exodus, you led your people through the Red Sea from slavery into freedom.

Free us from all forms of slavery and everything that obscures human dignity.

Lead us by your hand, that we may live.

God of abundance, you provide for all our needs.

Help us to rise above selfishness and greed and give us the courage

to be agents of justice in the world.

Lead us by your hand, that we may live.

God of love, you created us in your image and have redeemed us in Christ.

Empower us to love our neighbour and to welcome the stranger.

Lead us by your hand, that we may live.

God of the covenant you remain faithful to us even when we have wandered into violence.

 Put a new spirit and a new heart within us that we may instead be servants of your peace.

Lead us by your hand, that we may live.

The Lord's prayer

Let us join our hands, bound not by chains but by the love of Christ that has been poured into our hearts,

and pray to our Father in the words that Jesus taught us. Our Father....

SONG: Unity Song: Be Thou My vision

After the song, the Sign of Peace may be exchanged.


Redeemed by God and united in the One Body of Christ, let us go out into the world in the power of the Spirit.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us, because the Lord has anointed us

to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives

and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.

Amen! Alleluia!

Luke 4:18-19 (NRSV)

Hymn: The Lord's My Shepherd (Townend)


Minister Mike Thornton and the Epsom Baptist Family kindly offered their Church building to host the Worship Service on the Sunday contained in that week on the 21st at 5pm.

This was a lively affair with soloist and musicians on Guitar, keyboard and drums;

people from the various Churches acting out the Gospel;

a new to Epsom, impassioned Preacher – Chris Shaw

from Epsom Methodist Church


who taught us about sandwiched gospel passages!

More about Chris Shaw Here


 Sunday, 21st January, 2018 -  5 pm  Epsom Baptist Church 

Ecumenical Service during Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Eight days 18th January to 25th January 2018

Praying for the unity of the Church involves a recognition not only of the brokenness of Christian relationships but also how injustice in the world at large rends asunder Christian communities and impedes our participation n God’s mission.  History too plays a part, casting a shadow over how we live our lives together in community.

‘THAT ALL MAY BE FREE’   Recognising the hand of God in the ending of enslavement, the Churches of the Caribbean offer Exodus 15 as a song of triumph over oppression, as the motif for the Week of Prayer.  The hymn, ‘The Right Hand of God’, reflecting the song of Miriam and Moses in praise of the liberating action of God, has become the anthem of the ecumenical movement in the region.

The chosen passage from Exodus 15 allows us to see that the road to unity must often pass through a communal experience of suffering.  The Israelites’ liberation from enslavement is the foundational event in the constitution of the people.  Although our liberation and salvation is at God’s initiative, human agency are engaged in their realisation.  Christians participate in God’s ministry of reconciliation, yet our divisions hamper our witness to a world in need of God’s healing.