Launching this Sunday, a new, free Epiphany devotion series is available for congregation study groups and personal reflection. Vivid and creative, the devotions feature diverse images from a variety of authors – gathered to showcase the growing cooperation between Anglicans and Lutherans.
“We’ve got geography, scholarship, laity, clergy – a lot of different people involved in a way that encompasses all that we’re talking about,” said the Very Rev. Peter Wall, contributor and Anglican co-chair of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission, Canada. Members of the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee, USA, also contribute.
Mitzi Budde, an Associate in Ministry on the roster of the ELCA Metro D.C. Synod and ELCA Co-Chair of the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee, said, “The four presiding bishops of The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Anglican Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have released a joint pastoral letter dated this coming Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.” ELCA presiding bishop Mark Hanson is one of the signers. The occasion on which the letter was designed to be read is Reign of Christ Sunday.
The bishops’ letter includes an update on the churches’ full communion relationships and comments on this “inspired collection of devotions for the season of Epiphany.” The six devotions, which follow lectionary Gospel lessons, encompass the weeks in Epiphany from Jan. 6-Feb. 10, 2013.