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.