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Ecumenical Relationships

Daily Prayer - Day 22 (from 'Partners in Prayer')

Day 22

The Very Rev Fr Shenouda Mansour and Wies
Schuiringa, General Secretary and President of
the NSW Ecumenical Council respectively.
Fr Shenouda is a Coptic Orthodox priest, and
Wies is a representative of the Quakers, the
Religious Society of Friends.
© ABM/Robert McLean, 2017.

God has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church.
Ephesians 1.22

Today we pray for ABM’s Ecumenical Relationships and for our sisters and brothers whose Churches belong to the National Council of Churches in Australia. We remember especially –

  • ABM’s fellow members in the Church Agencies Network (CAN): ACT for Peace, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Anglican Overseas Aid, Australian Lutheran World Service, Baptist World Aid Australia, Caritas Australia, Global Mission Partners, Quaker Service Australia, the Salvation Army, and UnitingWorld, and the co-operative work in preparing for and responding to disasters that eight of its members are engaged in via CAN-DO
  • the work of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance, of which ABM is a member
  • the Anglican Church of Australia, the Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Assyrian Church of the East, the Chinese Methodist Church in Australia, the Churches of Christ in Australia, the Congregational Federation of Australia, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Indian Orthodox Church, the Lutheran Church of Australia, the Mar Thoma Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Roman Catholic Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Salvation Army, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, and the Uniting Church in Australia
  • the NCCA’s Executive and its President, the Rt Rev Philip Huggins, and for the General Secretary, Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs
  • the work of the state-based ecumenical bodies

Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Church, we give you thanks for all who follow you, playing their part in God’s mission. Today we pray especially for the ecumenical partners who work with ABM around the world, and for the National Council of Churches in Australia as it brings together Christians from
many traditions. May we all be one, as you and your Father are one, for you live and reign with the Holy Spirit ever One God, world without end. Amen.

Christ calls the Church to be one, and working together with other denominations show anyone that, despite our doctrinal differences and our diverse circumstances, when it comes to the practical matter of helping others we can all work together. As the Psalmist says: ‘How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!’ May we be one family, so that the world may believe.

Australian Cycle of Prayer
The Diocese of Sydney
Archbishop Glenn Davies, his assistant bishops, clergy and people