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Today is: Tuesday 16th, 2019

Christian Unity Week - A Message from the Chaplain

Posted on Tuesday 17th January, 2017

On Thursday evening (19 January) hundreds of people will take to the streets of Copenhagen to proclaim their faith and pray for unity amongst all Christians. The annual ecumenical “Church Walk” (Kirkevandring) will begin at Saint Paul’s Church in Nyboder (Danish Lutheran) at 18.30, and proceed to Jerusalem Church (Methodist), Saint Alexander Nevsky Church (Russian Orthodox), Saint Ansgar’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and our own Saint Alban’s Church before concluding at Gustaf Church (Swedish Lutheran) where the Bishop of Copenhagen, Peter Skov-Jakobsen will preach.

The Church Walk has a special place in my heart as it was the very first church service I led at Saint Alban’s. My first official day in post here was Monday 19 January 2015 and the Church Walk was the next day. It was, as the cliché goes, something of a “Baptism of Fire” as we tried to squeeze several hundred eager pilgrims into our 200 seater church building! Later that evening I was one of many dozens of people — including the Roman Catholic Bishop of Copenhagen, Czesław Kozon — who could get no further than the packed staircase at Saint Alexander Nevsky Church, such was the size of the crowd trying to get in! The Walk has since been redesigned to avoid such dangerous over-crowding and to minimise the possibility of disappointment at not being able to access some of the smaller worship spaces, but that first experience in 2015 will live long in the memory.

This year’s Church Walk is focused on the theme of crossing barriers and becoming ambassadors of reconciliation. 2017 is, after all, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s promulgation of his “95 Theses” – the event which is widely considered to mark the beginning of the Reformation. Consequently, it was representatives of the German Churches who were given the task of choosing the theme and preparing liturgical materials for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (during which the Church Walk is held). Amongst those resources (which can be accessed here) is a beautiful prayer which I commend to you as we make final preparations for Kirkevandring 2017.

Gracious God,
we pray for our churches. Fill them with all truth and peace.
Where faith is corrupt, purify it;
where people go astray, redirect them;
where they fail to proclaim your Gospel, reform them;
where they witness to what is right, strengthen them;
where they are in need, provide for them;
and where they are divided, reunite them.

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