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Ecumenical Service January 22, 2017


This annual ecumenical service, sponsored by the Southern California Christian Forum and hosted this year by the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, calls together leaders and people from many Christian churches to join in song, prayer, and reflection on the nature of Christian unity. We invite everyone to join us!

This year’s theme is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us,” derived from 2 Corinthians 5:14, 20. The worship service will feature both choir and congregational singing, Scripture readings, prayers, and reflections led by members of the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran, Anglican and other Protestant traditions.

This service is the centerpiece of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an observance created by the World Council of Churches and observed by many of its member churches. The service this year will highlight the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517, and for that reason it is being hosted by Bishop Guy Erwin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the sanctuary of The Lutheran Center, the ELCA synod’s headquarters in Glendale, California.

Clergy and deacons who wish to vest and process are invited to arrive by 2:15 p.m. Please wear whatever vestments you normally would use in leading worship; the liturgical color of the day is green.

The Lutheran Center is at 1300 E. Colorado Street in Glendale, between Porter and Wing Streets. Some parking is available behind the building, accessible from the Wing Street side. For further information, please contact Gabriel Meyer of the SCCF at (310) 640-0710 or