On Friday Jan. 25, Christian church communities hosted by Saint Joseph Catholic Community gathered for an evening of scripture, prayer, Christian song and fellowship.
The theme of this year’s Christian Unity service was “Justice and only justice you shall pursue.” In a world filled with corruption, greed and injustice, prayers were offered that all persons might be a means of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world.
The guest preacher for the service was The Rev. Bill Brown, senior pastor of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church. Joining in prayer for unity were Rev. Gerry Rickel, interim pastor at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Rev. Wayne Larson, chaplain at Integrace Fairhaven, Rev. Jim Skillington, Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church, and Rev. Douglas Tzan, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church and Rev. Neville O’Donohue, pastor of Saint Joseph Catholic Community.
Musical interludes included: “Joyful Ringers” Hand Bell Choir from Integrace Fairhaven; Gail Phillips, vocal soloist, from Morgan Chapel UMC; the Choir from Wesley Freedom UMC and Saint Joseph Catholic Community Adult Choir.
Said: O’Donohue: “Let us remember and seek to overcome the sad divisions of the past; let us truly celebrate with our Christian brothers and sisters and let us dream that in the future we have ministry and witness together.”