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)

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.


Al pulpit: Pastor Bruce Jones welcomes participants in the 6th Ecumenical Vespers
From left to right: Rev. Alexandra Hedrick*, Bishop Samuel Howard*, Rev. Jay Therrell representing Bishop Ken Carter,
Rev. Athanasios Kartsonis, Rev. Vince Iocona representing Bishop Pedro Suarez
(*Rev. Hedrick and Bishop Howardhave been at all 6 Ecumenical Vespers since 2014)

Deacon David Williams, Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, representing Bishop Felipe Estevez who was in Panama City
with Pope Francis, thanks Rev. Jay Therrell and Rev. Bruce Jones of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Russell Meyer, representing ELCA Bishop Pedro Suarez as well as The Florida Council of Churches


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

All Are welcome!
Public security will be provided by local law enforcement.