Local churches come together to celebrate unity and diversity

By Gordon Lambie

On Sunday afternoon members of close to a dozen Christian spiritual communities from across the greater Sherbrooke area came together in Lennoxville for the annual worship service of the week of prayer for Christian unity. This year the service took place for the first time at the Hope Community Church on the corner of College and Queen Streets. “Seeing everyone here brought a lot of joy to my heart,” said Hudson Wells, Lead Pastor at the church, after the service. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual celebration between different traditions around the world that dates back to 1908. The Canadian Council of Churches describes it as “an annual ecumenical celebration” during which Christians around the world are invited to pray, to reflect on scripture, to participate in jointly-organized services, and to share fellowship together with people from other Christian traditions. Although none of the organizers with whom The Record spoke following the service was able to say exactly how long the local gathering has been happening, retired minister Martyn Sadler shared that it was already taking place regularly when he first came to the region in 1981. See full story in the Tuesday, Jan. 21 edition of The Record.

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