This year’s reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by the Churches in Malta and Gozo. We are sharing elements of their prayers, but follow the link for the full resources for personal or community prayer.
Naturally, the Maltese Christians draw our attention to the story in Acts 27-28 of how Paul, a prisoner in chains, was among a group who survived being shipwrecked on Malta.
Paul standing forth in the midst of them, said: be of good cheer. For there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but only of the ship … there shall not an hair of the head of any of you perish.’ (27:22, 34).
Keep up your courage when the storms of life wash you up on an unexpected shore.14,
Keep up your courage, take barricades down, welcome the stranger, become the guest.
Keep up your courage, listen to the other, seek to understand; disagree agreeably.
Keep up your courage when the ship runs aground, prepare a new vessel, chart another course.
Keep up your courage, stowaways, castaways: whatever our crew, it’s all hands on deck, creation made new.
God of mercy, lost and disheartened, we turn to You.
Instil in us Your hope and courage.
May our churches strive for the unity for which Your Son prayed on the eve of His passion.
We ask this through Him who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.