In The Boat – Together

Sunday, October 5, 1997

John 17:21 – As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

World-Wide Communion Sunday

The Church of Jesus Christ always seeks to gather the shattered fragments of faith that are the one Church of our Lord and Saviour, bring the pieces together in an embrace of love and unity. That dream is encompassed in the ecumenical movement of the modern era. Ecumenical comes from a Greek root meaning the whole inhabited earth, a word expressing the hope and dream and prayer that one day we will fulfil the prayer of John 17 that we all be one in Christ.

The symbol of the ecumenical movement as adopted by the World Council of Churches is that of the boat, reminding us that we are all in the boat together and that literally we will sink or survive together, and that in the closed confines of creation we must care for one another and seek communion with one another. World Communion is not a day but a dream to be realized. Praise be to God forever!.

Prayer: Bring closer the day when we are all one in the love of our Lord. Amen.

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