Annual United Service 2016
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016
Sunday 17th January 2016
Instead of attending the usual separate church services Devizes Christians gathered on a wintery Sunday morning at St. John's Church. We were reminded that we are God's Salt and Light in this town. This was the beginning of the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The service had been prepared by the Latvian Church this year.Their choice of Bible readings and suggested prayers and hymns went down well. Those doing the readings came from St. Peter's, St. James' and the Rock Commiuity Church. St. John's choir contributed two lovely items as well as giving a lead to the congregational singing. Revd.Gary Gotham (St. Andrew's URC/Methodist Church) stood in for two other clergy who were ill and preached on Jesus' words in Matthew 5 v13-16, We are God's salt and, like salt on the roads at this time of year, we can change hard and slippery situations in ones where progress can be made safely and successfully.
The many children who were there got busy creating a collage of the town and writing prayers. These were incorporated in the service later on. The service ended with everyone in this packed church turning to those around to share the Peace by shaking hands and exchanging Christian greetings.
For more photos of the event please click here. Thanks to Liz Merritt and Peter Brearley for the photos.