A Year in Gothenburg – January

January 1 – ecumenical service in Domkyrkan

Seek the welfare of the city

The newly decorated Domkyrkan (cathedral) was full for the annual ecumenical service arranged by Göteborgs Kristna Samarbetsråd at 17:00 on New Year’s Day.  Urban Ringbäck, pastor from Smyrna church, preached about the need to pray for the city, and mentioned that Smyrna would be holding a service of prayer on January 25 at 18.00. The service lasted 80 minutes.

January 2 – letter to Church Members

Watching the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, my mind went back to the Millennium celebrations 15 years ago.
The churches had drafted a prayer for the millennium, so worded that those of any faith or none could recognize it as an expression of their own hopes and dreams:
Let there be                        
respect for the earth                                  
peace for its people             
love in our lives
delight in the good               
forgiveness for past wrongs 
and from now on                 
a new start.

This Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany, the coming of the magi, wise men from the East.  We know nothing of their faith; we know only that they came looking for the baby Jesus.  May 2015 be a year of seeking and finding.

Happy New Year.


We had about 40 visitors to Open Church today, though there was no choir practice!  Most arrived in the last forty minutes.