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Worship

Celebrating the ways in which the Spirit creates, reconciles and renews

Worship promises to be an integral expression of the Assembly’s journey from conflict to communion. Closely linked to Assembly Bible study, worship life will explore and celebrate the deep and powerful ways in which the Spirit creates, reconciles and renews in the midst of a fragmented world.

Bishop Ernst Gamxamub from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia distributes bread during Holy Communion at the opening worship of the Lutheran World Federation's Twelfth Assembly. Windhoek, NamibiaMay 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
Bishop Ernst Gamxamub from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia distributes bread during Holy Communion at the opening worship of the Lutheran World Federation's Twelfth Assembly. Windhoek, NamibiaMay 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

Following an opening service of Holy Communion on September 13, times of prayer and reflection will be woven throughout the entire Assembly. Each morning, noon and evening, worship sessions will examine the Assembly theme, which is taken from Ephesians 4:4, One Body, One Spirit, One Hope. Sunday worship will take place in local congregations, creating and opportunity for attendees to give thanks in the Polish context.

Assembly worship is envisioned, planned and organized by the International Worship Planning Committee, made up of a core group of liturgists and musicians from around the world. This committee will help the Assembly remain grounded in Lutheran liturgy that both attests to our oneness in Christ and honors the rich diversity of worship and music styles across the communion.