Continuing from last week’s focus on Christian unity, we bring a reflection from our materials from the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, The Well is Deep. They are based on John 4:1-42 where Jesus was compelled to go through Samaria and met a Samaritan woman at a well, where Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’.
Conversations such as these have the potential to change people and how they view one another. One of the most important things we can say about our ecumenical life together is how our pilgrimage together has transformed and deepened our faith and also changed how we view our Christian sisters and brothers from other churches and traditions. Can this journey be avoided? No, because we too are called by God to travel in this direction.
God forgive this futile impasse: ‘I’m for Paul, and I’m for Cephas’, how we tear apart the seamless coat of Jesus, and his fullness. Lord, you see your church in tatters, make us learn what really matters. Click To Tweet
Often our churches are led to choose the
logic of competition.
Forgive our sin.
We are weary from this need to be first.
Allow us to rest at the well.
Refresh us with the water of unity drawn
from our common prayer.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
Does the Spirit come ex Patre
or ex Patre Filioque?
How do sinners gain salvation –
through faith only, or
What transpires in Communion –
trans- or con- substantiation?
Is it mere memorialism,
or more Calvin’s virtualism?
Are our rules episcopalian,
corporate or Presbyterian?
Infants baptized by aspersion
or believers by immersion?
God forgive this futile impasse:
‘I’m for Paul, and I’m for Cephas’,
how we tear apart the seamless
coat of Jesus, and his fullness.
Lord, you see your church in tatters,
make us learn what really matters.
Reconcile us now to labour
for the love of God and
- Hold your church retreat day in a neighbouring church – ask the host congregation to provide your refreshments (John 4:7). Return the hospitality.