“What Does God Require of Us?” is the theme of a prayer service set for 4 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 10600 N Council Road.
The prayer service, presented by the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, commemorates the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The public is invited to attend the service.
Guest speakers include the Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and the Rev. Michael Girlinghouse, bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelistic Lutheran Church of America.
In addition to the speakers' presentations, the service will include music, prayer and sacred readings.
The Rev. Stephen Bird, president of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, said this year marks the 106th annual observance of the Week of Prayer, which began in 1908. He said the observance lasts eight days, beginning on Jan. 18 and concluding on Jan. 25.
These dates were originally chosen because they included the Christian celebrations of St. Peter on Jan. 18 and St. Paul on Jan. 25.
“On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for his disciples, ‘that all may be one (John 17:21).' Unfortunately, today all Christians are not united,” Bird, pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, said. “The goal of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is to pray for the unity that Christ wills by whatever way he wills it.”
The international theme chosen for the 2013 observance, “What Does God Require of Us?” is taken from Micah 6: 6-8.
The mission of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy & the Arts, a Christian nonprofit interdenominational organization, is to enhance communal worship by promoting the visual and performing arts in Oklahoma churches.