Pray the business

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Mindful of the need to ‘pray the business’ of the Assembly and rejoicing in the riches of the ecumenical experience of Christian worship, the programme will include regular prayers and services.

Each morning begins the day with Morning Prayer, a prayer service from some of the different traditions of the church – Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant and Armenian. Then we sit under Scripture together for our daily Bible study, drawn from the Assembly theme, inspired by Acts 22:14-16, which refers to the mission and sense of urgency for the Church, facing the challenges of a changing Europe.

The business of the meeting will be punctuated by prayer at midday and at night to end the day’s work. These brief acts of prayer will involve silence, maybe a song, and short prayers, so that consciously we are aware of God’s presence with us. In this way we want to hallow the work we are doing.

As ever when the churches of CEC meet, we will pray in different languages and learn new songs of worship. Our hope is that our worship will be a source of renewal for us all in our discipleship, as well as for the future cooperation and mission of the Conference of European Churches.

Canon Robert Jones,
on behalf of the Assembly Worship Committee

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The Assembly worship handbook, "Gloria deo".