In celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Hudson churches will collaborate for the annual interdenominational prayer service and luncheon scheduled on Jan. 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. Hudson United Methodist Church, located at 2600 Hudson-Aurora Rood, will host this year's event.

The ecumenical prayer service, led by local clergy, will focus on the theme, "Reconciliation -- The Love of Christ Compels Us" (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). Rev. Steve Hockstra, First Congregational Church, Hudson, will give the sermon.

This year's theme was selected to commemorate the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation. The reconciliation theme has two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther's Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation.

Ticket holders will enjoy a luncheon catered by Hudson's Restaurant, immediately following the service. The lunch menu includes mixed green salad, chicken marsala, smashed potatoes, rolls and butter and chocolate brownie dessert. Coffee and tea will also be served.

The featured speaker after the luncheon is Judge Linda Teodosio. Teodosio was elected to the Summit County Juvenile Court bench in 2003. She has received local, statewide and national recognition for her innovative programming and progressive approach to juvenile dispositions and rehabilitation. Her topic will be "Keeping the Faith through the Trials of Life".

Ticket are for the luncheon and speaker portion of the event. Information about ticket reservations may be obtained by contacting the office at Hudson United Methodist Church, 330-650-2650. Make checks for tickets payable to Hudson United Methodist Women. Reservation deadline is Jan. 15, 2017.

The prayer service is free and open to all; it does not require a ticket to attend.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been celebrated throughout the world since 1908 and has been celebrated in Hudson since 1968. The Christian Unity Prayer Service brings the churches from our community together through prayer and praise, reflecting the prayer of Jesus Christ, "That all might be one" (John 17:21).

Representatives from the following organizations have participated in planning this event: Christ Church Episcopal, First Congregational Church of Hudson, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Hudson United Methodist Church, Laurel Lake Retirement Community, Rejoice! Lutheran Church, St. Mary Parish, and Western Reserve Christian Church.