GCMA celebrating Week of Prayer

By Tracy Dennison - Grayson County Ministerial Association

The Grayson County Ministerial Association (GCMA) invites everyone to celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during the third week of January.

GCMA will observe celebrate the week by hosting three services across the county.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, dating back to the early 1900’s, was started to break down the denominational walls and have everyone come together in worship as one.

The theme for 2016 is based on the relationship between baptism and proclamation, and the calling shared by all the baptized to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord, which was inspired by two verses from the First Letter of St. Peter.

This calling forms the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2016. St. Peter tells the early Church that in their search for meaning, prior to encountering the Gospel, they were not a people. But through hearing the call to be God’s chosen race and receiving the power of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ, they have become God’s people. Baptism opens up an exciting new journey of faith, uniting each new Christian with God’s people throughout the ages.

In the shared sacred texts of the Bible, we hear of God’s saving acts in salvation history: leading his people out of slavery in Egypt, and the great mighty act of God: the raising of Jesus from the dead, which opened new life to all of us. As Christians seeking the unity of the Body of Christ, we are all called to recognize the mighty acts of God in our own lives and the life of the Church.

In the spirit of uniting all Christians as one, everyone is encouraged to join GCMA as we discard denominations and come to worship together during this Week of Prayer. Below are the dates and locations of each of the services that will be offered this year.

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Church (306 Clifty Ave., Clarkson) with speaker Johnnie Long.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at 1st Cumberland Church (501 W. Chestnut St., Leitchfield) with speaker Lee Schroerlucke.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Cross Point (300 Mill St., Leitchfield) with speaker David Harting.

By Tracy Dennison

Grayson County Ministerial Association

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