Devotions for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity offered by heads of Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
“Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue,” Deuteronomy 16:18-20
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Devotions for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between January 18 and January 25. The theme for 2019 is, “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue,” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).
Each of the daily devotions in Justice, and Only Justice, includes Scripture citations, a reflection, and a prayer. Justice, and Only Justice can be downloaded for websites, bulletin inserts, church programs, and used as discussion points.
Justice, and Only Justice continues the series of devotions which express the growing partnerships in ministry among the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and The Episcopal Church USA. Earlier series have been written in connection with a season of the Church year (Advent, Epiphany, or Lent). Again this year the devotions are written by the four presiding bishops of these churches, drawing this time on the Scriptures and themes suggested for the eight days of the global ecumenical initiative known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Week of Prayer 2019 invites Christians to reflect together on a biblical theme based on the words of the book of Deuteronomy: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue.” Both the unity of God’s people and the call to seek justice are central ideas in the Scriptures, and indeed they are often linked closely to one another. These devotions are offered in the hope that they will be found useful by individuals and congregations within these four churches and beyond. May all who are drawn together in prayer in these days be also increasingly united in the love and service of others in the time to come.