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Chicago, IL (January 13, 2009) - The ninth annual Chicagoland Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held at St. Paul Chong Ha Sang Korean Catholic Mission, 675 Dursey Ln., Des Plaines at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 18. The service will be bilingual in Korean and English and will be followed by a reception.

Leaders of seventeen Christian churches will participate in the service, which is open to all. The Rt. Rev. Victor A. Scantlebury, Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, will preach on the 2009 theme, “That they may become one in your hand” (Ezekiel 37:17). Each year churches in a different part of the world prepare the theme and texts for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year’s service is an adaptation of ecumenical themes prepared by the Christian churches in South Korea. The World Food Program, which provides famine relief for those in need in North Korea, and the Chicago Food Depository will share in the offering collected during the service.

This annual event is sponsored by the Ecumenical Millennium Committee, formed in 1999 to pray and prepare for the third Christian millennium. The committee works as a catalyst among Chicago area churches for ecumenical courtesy, hospitality, information and witness.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year between the feasts of Saint Peter (January 18) and Saint Paul (January 25). In the United States, because this week is celebrated near Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the observance is a reminder to promote reconciliation among races, as well as among churches. For more information, please contact 773-947-6283.

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