ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a message to the church inviting people to join in the Lord’s Prayer Wednesday, March 25. “I am writing to extend an invitation we have received from Pope Francis, through the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, to join in the Lord’s Prayer tomorrow, March 25, at noon your local time,” the message read, in part. “Please share this invitation through your synods, congregations, ecumenical communities and individual networks.
“During the global pandemic of COVID-19, the church can and should give witness to our unity in Christ and express our deep concern for God’s creation. Despite social distancing, through prayer we are able to enter together into the presence of Christ and the communion of believers. By praying the prayer that Christ taught us, we are united with followers of Jesus in every time and in every place. When the church gathers in this way, we can be assured that Christ, our eternal hope, is present in the midst of suffering.”