We are One – Manchester 2009

We are One in ChristOn 28th November 2009 Christians from all over Manchester again gathered first in Salford Cathedral (Roman Catholic) for Worship and Prayer, then hundreds of people walked in a great procession from Salford Cathedral thought the centre of Manchester to Manchester Cathedral (Anglican) for another service to celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ, and to recommit ourselves to praying and working together for God’s Kingdom in Manchester.

We are One - Manchester's walk of Christian witness

All the main seated area at Salford Cathedral was full and all the contributors to the service presented really well. The Lord gave us a rain-free moming and many people on the walk said that it was something very special and lively with many joining in the singing and banner waving etc. The banners, flags, placards and whistles and smiles and lightness of steps made a great witness causing many to ask about, who we were?  To answer this we handed out postcards saying “The people you see walking today are from different nations and from all of the main denominations of the Christian Faith. They have come together as One to share the Christian Gospel, the good news, that ‘God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ You will be most welcome in any church in Greater Manchester this Christmas or indeed at any time” and pointing people to the web-sites:

www.christmasunwrapped.com   and  www.findachurch.co.uk 

We were led into Manchester Cathedral by the Dean and Bishop to the sound of the Shofa. Then Paul and the Heartnotes band lead the worship beautifully and Dennis Wrigley encouraged us as he witnessed to the unity being sought and expressed around the world – Let it be Lord.   Many praised the footwork and dance moves of the bishops and possessors as they left the Cathedral ‘Marching in the light of God’.

More photos and details to follow.

7 thoughts on “We are One – Manchester 2009

  1. Big thanks from me to all who helped with the Salford Cathedral service: Bishop Terence, Chick Yuill, Mike Huck, Bethesda and Hebron Singers, John and the overseas students, the organist and Cathedral staff and Jeff Holloway with his Shofar, the welcomers and stewards etc.

  2. This is a strange unity – surely there will be confusion because folk are unaware of what a Christian
    really is ? Did the Protestant reformers die in vain – certainly not, therefore our message will exact the one and only Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    ‘God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in Truth’ John 4 v 24

  3. This was a very enjoyable event, and a great opportunity to show to the city of Manchester that the Christians are present in big numbers in our city; however I think it is significant that not only were there a small number of people from Independent Evangelical churches protesting that we should not be one with those who preach doctines contrary to their interpretation of the bible, but also some of the major denominations, including the Orthodox, deliberately did not take part.

    We are still a long way from fulfilling Our Lord’s prayer that we should be one, and perhaps declaring so publicly that “We ARE one” is not quite right – it would be more accurate to say “We are united in our desire to follow Christ”.

    Even within my own denomination (Church of England) there are (liberal) members who’s doctrine I would not agree with, and we are tearing ourselves appart over several major issues, however I still contend that the beliefs that unite Christians, and that all the historic church denominations and many free-churches hold in common, are greater than those which divide us, particularly when contrasted with the current major beliefs about in British society, particularly Secular Humanism, and Islam. Therefore this walk was worthwhile.

    I refer readers to this document Christians Standing Together which not only sets out the doctrines that unite us, but also provides within the first page the justification for this walk:- Looking outwards it was a declaration that what unites us is greater than what divides us and the Church is present in Manchester, and looking inwards it was an opportunity to continue to pray and work for that unity which Christ himself prayer for – John 17 v11-23.

  4. Quoting from this document Christians Standing Together referred to in comment from Charles Parker “The prime truths held in common by the three Christian traditions (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant), are:
    • Personal faith in Christ as Saviour and Lord.
    • Submission to the Scriptures as the supreme authority for faith and conduct.
    • Confession of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381 AD.”

    The second point of these three is not held by the Roman Catholic Church. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church The “Sacred Deposit” of the faith (the depositum fidei) is contained not only in the Sacred Scripture but also in Tradition. (Catechism 84) catechism 94 states, “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God” (DV10)

    So Tradition is of equal authority to the Bible according to the Catholic Church. It is for this reason the Catholic Church opposed all those who placed the Bible as the sole authority on all matters of faith, doctrine and comportment.

    If we study the trial of Jan Hus (a catholic priest burned at the stake for “heresy”) we see this quite plainly. Jan Hus asked over and over again to be proven wrong by scripture, his inquisitors would not but demanded he recant his “heresies”!

    The Catholic Church teaches that the Magesterium alone has the authority to correctly interpret cripture and/or tradition. (Catechism 85).

    This clearly undermines any notion that the Catholic Church holds to the tenant that the Bible is the sole authority!

    1. Thank you John for your comment. We do not intend this web-site to be a discussion forum for the whole vast subject of Christian unity (or lack of it) so this is the last comment on this general subject that will be posted here. Comments from those who took part in the walk about the walk are still welcome.

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