Type of Place: Special Events
Committed to Unity in Christ Historically, Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 was only the very beginning of what would become the Reformation. Likewise for us, in this first centennial anniversary after 50 years of ecumenical dialogue we are committed to the ongoing reception of the gift of unity Christ gives the church. In this way, November 1 is a kind of fulcrum day: It’s a day that culminates a year-long set of observances that began on October 31, 2016 in conjunction with Pope Francis’ historic visit to Lund, Sweden. On November 1, we take a new step, leaning into God’s promised future for us and for the world. November 1, All Saints’ Day, is a rich day to begin this journey. We move forward together in company with all the saints beyond 2017 inspired by the biblical witness: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-12) Commemorative Eucharist and Festive Reception Join us as we mark this moment in history in the largest gothic cathedral in the Western Hemisphere, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. A commemorative Eucharist will begin at 6:00pm with prelude by the United Nations Choir beginning at 5:45pm. The procession into the Cathedral includes all rostered leaders and ecumenical guests. A Synod-wide mass choir presents “Come and See,” a commissioned anthem for choir, schola and organ, and other liturgical music. Rev. Dr. Robert Alan Rimbo, bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod, will preside and preach. On the registration form, in addition to your RSVP you can register to join the mass choir or process as a rostered leader. Please take note of arrivals and commitments details for each in the checkout process. Doors open at 5:30pm. A festive reception is held in the nave at the conclusion of the liturgy. Generous sponsors and individual donations make this event accessible for all.