Justice was the theme of this year’s Christian Unity Service organised by Churches Together in Winchester and held at the United Church on Jewry Street on Sunday 20th January.
The annual service is an opportunity for all the churches in the city to meet for worship and prayer, and to encourage each other in their shared vision for the city.
The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester, spoke of how diversity is God’s creation, and justice for all people is at the heart of the Bible’s good news. The passage she chose to illustrate this was the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost when the disciples spoke to the crowd in many different languages.
The service was led by Reverend Tim Searle from United Church and the Bible passages were read by Steve Brine MP and Father Mark Hogan (St Peter’s Catholic Church). Nigel Hemming (Winchester Vineyard) and Dorothy Lusmore from Churches Together contributed to the service.
Steve Brine MP said: “It is always such a privilege to attend this special service of Christian unity, let alone to be involved. The warmth and prayers of Winchester mean so much to me and it was striking how many said they were praying for me in what are obviously difficult days for our country. Thank you to Rev Tim Searle, the new Chair of CTW, for bringing us together.”