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Ecumenical Vespers/Evening Prayer at the Judicatory-level in Northeast Florida
During the WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
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Jesus prayed: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21, NKJV)

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2019

Biblical Theme: “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20)

6th Ecumenical Vespers in Northeast Florida

Presider: Bishop Kenneth H. Carter

Host: Rev. Bruce Jones, Pastor, Southside United Methodist Church

Master of Ceremony: Rev. Jay Therrell, North East District Superintendent

Place: Southside United Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL

Date: Thursday evening, January 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Honored Participants

·          - Bishop Samuel J. Howard, Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

·          - Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr., African Methodist Episcopal Church 11th Episcopal District.

·          - Rev. Alexandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of St. Augustine, Presbyterian Church (USA).

·          - Rev. Vince Iocona, St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, Palm Coast, representing Bishop Pedro Suarez, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Florida-Bahamas Synod.

·          - Rev. Athanasios Kartsonis, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, Jacksonville.

·          - Deacon David Williams, Chancellor & Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, Diocese of St. Augustine, representing Bishop Felipe Estevez who is with Pope Francis in Panama for World Youth Day.

·           - Rev. Russell Meyer, Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches.

 

DECALOGUE FOR ECUMENICAL DISCIPLESHIP (1988)

by Rev. Donald Charles Lacy (1933-2012)

United Methodist pastor, teacher, writer and ecumenist, Indiana Council of Churches

  1. Daily affirmation that Jesus calls His followers to be one. 
  2. Daily praise for the infinite variety of religious expression evidenced in the Universal Church. 
  3. Daily study of the beliefs and/or organizational life found in denomination(s) other than our own. 
  4. Daily prayer for those within and outside our denomination that all might appreciate and be enriched by the diversity found in the Universal Church. 
  5. Daily practice of intentionally conversing with a person(s) in another denomination(s) about the Christian Faith. 
  6. Daily meditation on what it means to be a part of the Body of Christ. 
  7. Daily acknowledgement of our roots found in the rich heritage of Judaism.
  8. Daily openness to the continually emerging opportunities for worship and understanding among Christians. 
  9. Daily admission that it was and is scandalous for Christians to be divided.
  10. Daily consecration of our entire being to the cause of Christian unity. 
Source: Touchstone, A Journal of Mere Christianity, Winter 1988

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Why Ecumenical Vespers?

    "In order to unite with one another, we must love one another;
in order to love one another, we must know one another;

    in order to know one another, we must go and meet one another."
Testament of Cardinal Mercier
    On April 8, 2013, Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and the Rev. Mike Morgan, Chancellor and Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, appointed Fr. Alberto Esposito, Pastor of Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach, Florida, and Chau T. Phan, founder of the Christian Unity ministry at Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church, as Associate Diocesan Ecumenical Officers. They were to organize  the first Ecumenical Vespers in northeast Florida as a way to pray across major Christian denominations once a year during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18 to 25.
  • The First Ecumenical Vespers took place at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, presided over by Bishop Estevez.
  • The Second Ecumenical Vespers took place at the St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville, presided over by Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.
  • The Third Ecumenical Vespers took place at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, presided over by Bishop Robert G. Schaefer of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • The Fourth Ecumenical Vespers took place at the St. John Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, presided over by Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell.
  • The Fifth Ecumenical Vespers took place at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, presided over by Stated Clerk Rev. Alexandra Hedrick.

 The 5th Ecumenical Vespers/Evening Prayer
at the Judicatory-level in Northeast Florida
During the 2018 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY (January 18-25)
 
with the Rev. Alexandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk, St. Augustine Presbytery as Presider and Homilist
and the Rev. Dr. W. Stephen Goyer, Host Pastor and Master of Ceremony
on Monday, January 29, 2018 at
6:00 PM
at the Riverside Presbyterian Church
849 Park St., Jacksonville, FL 32204
From left to right, front row:
  • Rev. Bill Hoff, Riverside Presbyterian Church, host; 
  • Bishop Felipe Estevez, Diocese of St. Augustine; 
  • Bishop Pedro Suarez, ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod; 
  • Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard, Episcopal Diocese of Florida; 
  • Rev. Alexandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of St. Augustine.
Back row: 
  • Deacon David Williams, Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, Diocese of St. Augustine; 
  • Rev. Russell Meyer, Florida Council of Churches; 
  • Rev. Joyce Lieberman. Stated Clerk and Executive, South Atlantic Synod, Presbyterian Church (USA); 
  • Rev. Jay Therrell, North East Superintendent, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, representing Bishop Kenneth Carter; 
  • Rev. Nicholas Louh, Pastor, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, representing Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell.
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2017 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2017
Biblical Theme: Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us

(2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
4th 
Ecumenical Vespers at the Bishop-level in Northeast Florida
Presider: Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell of Xanthos, Metropolis of Atlanta, Greek Orthodox Church
Host: Rev. Dr. Nicholas G. Louh, Protopresbyter, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Tuesday evening, January 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Presider: Bishop Emeritus Dimitrios Couchell of Xanthos
Metropolis of Atlanta, Greek Orthodox Church of America
Host:  Rev. Nicholas G. Louh, Protopresbyter,
St. John the  Divine Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Tuesday evening, January 17, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.

Participating Ecclesial Dignitaries