Ephesians 2:17,21 – So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. In him the whole structure is joined together. (NRSV)
The Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches is meeting December 3-14, 1998. The purpose of the World Council of Churches is to come together "as a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and, therefore, seek to fulfill together their common calling to the glory of one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
I am on a continent (Africa) that needs peace and reconciliation if it is to enter the 21st Century with hope for the future. We were reminded yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent, of the dream for peace and realize that such a peace is beyond this world to give. We turn to the only One who has offered a peace that passes understanding which is not given as the world gives, but is given as a gift of a gracious God.
This is the fiftieth Anniversary of the World Council. Zimbabwe is the place where the Eighth Assembly gathers and brings together the diverse body known as the Church of Jesus Christ. In just a couple of days I will be joined by thousands of sisters and brothers in Christ here in Harare. It will be a time of celebration and preparation. Twenty five years ago a celebration was held and the following prayer was offered as our purpose for the years to come. It is still our purpose and intention as we gather in Zimbabwe today.
- We have come together
Because we believe in God.
We intend to stay together
At the calling of the Holy Spirit.
Let us now find in each place
The things we can do together,
to praise God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.