Northeast Ohio Prayer for Christian Unity

 
The Northeast Ohio communities of Wadsworth and North Canton held an observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

IMG_2087this past Sunday, January 29, at the public library in Wadsworth.

 

This event was part of a world-wide observance each January between the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter on January 18, and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25. The international efforts have taken place since 1908.

 

IMG_2080Thirty people attended the Northeast Ohio evening prayer service, including a group of musicians who brought much to the program.

 

IMG_2081The service offered a nice mix of scripture readings which were given by Catholic and Evangelical christians, an ecumenical experience from daily life which was a simple but powerful ecumenical experience taking place at the local car wash, and a prayer for Christian Unity and repentance which was read by the Wadsworth Mayor who is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

 

IMG_2100The evening generated much excitement and anticipation for ongoing relationships and future yearly get togethers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Those in attendance left wanting to spread this message of grassroots ecumenism to many others.

 

Stephanie Rusher, who helped organize this year’s event, has already received a call from the local commander of the Salvation Army, inquiring about the Wadsworth event and how to collaborate with the Focolare community in the future.