PHOTOS: 2014 Joint Reformation Service

(© D. Hudson/ELCJHL)

JERUSALEM – The Arabic, English, and German congregations gathered together on Friday, October 31st, 2014 for the annual Reformation Day service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.

ELCJHL observes Reformation Day with ecumenical friends

2009 Reformation Service

With Swedish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Arabic and Danish celebrants and participants of many faith traditions, the annual Oct. 31 Reformation Day celebration at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem’s Old City maintained its traditional ecumenical and multilingual flavor. Here, Bishop Younan reads the Gospel in Arabic from the midst of the congregation.

Reformation celebrates 125th anniversary

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation turns 125 and Abraham’s House turns five this year. So last month the church held an interfaith worship service and peace march to the separation wall to commemorate the milestones. The large crowd of marchers gathered near the walled-in Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, where prayers for the disintegration of the wall were offered by Muslim, Jewish and Christian spiritual leaders. One of the texts for the event was Psalm 18:30, “With my Lord I can jump over walls.”

Read an article about the Oct. 30 worship service and march, written by Rev. Jadalleh Shihadeh

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Hosts Annual Ecumenical Reformation Service

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem hosted the annual international Reformation Service on Reformation Day, October 31.  The congregation was filled for the service, which was led by more than a dozen clergy from all over the world.  As usual, the service featured music, liturgies and prayers in 6 different languages and Holy Communion.  This year, a representative from a partner congregation in Bad Tolz, Germany, presented Pastor Ibrahim Azar with a candle representing their intent to be ever-present with their partner.

Reformation at the ELCJHL

The traditional Reformation service was celebrated as usual on October 31, a festival communion service in 6 different languages. Many local heads of churches attended the Reformation Service even though their tradition does not celebrate it. In addition, His Beatitude Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos II came to the reception following the service for the first time, a growing sign of the growing unity of the Palestinian Christian churches. Also, a delegation of African American heads of churches from the US participated. ELCJHL schools celebrated Reformation Day in gatherings that commemorated exhibited their understanding of the Reformation. Click here for more photos.