Join Lutherans and Roman Catholics around the world in the fall of 2004 as we together celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ). What follows on this page are three ideas for marking the occasion in your community.
Joint Service of Evening Prayer with the Local Bishops PresidingMaking this a choral service with the choirs and other music groups of all the parishes of the diocese/synod invited to participate can insure a good attendance.
This will necessitate selecting a music director who will select the choral pieces and send them to all the parish music directors who are participating so that they can rehearse ahead of time.
A possible outline:
Note: In this format, since the bishops are preaching, other presiding roles can be alternated by two other ELCA and Roman Catholic clergy.
A more extensive outline of the above model will be used this June by the Long Island Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue. Contact Donald Beckmann via e-mail or by phone at 516-678-5800 ext. 613.
Joint Pastoral Letter by ELCA and RC BishopsSome elements of this might be:
Promote Joint Parish Discussion Groups (along with Episcopal parishes) for Eastertide of 2005 using the EDEO-LERN-NADEO Gospels of the Easter Season, Year A study guide.
This is nearing completion. The plan is not to publish this as a book but to have it available on the net for congregations to use. It includes for each of the Easter Sundays and for Ascension Day:
While this discussion series is not based specifically on the JDDJ, promoting it at the time of the anniversary observance can be a witness to practical example of our seeking to live out the closer if still not complete communion to which the Declaration has brought us. Local secular and religious news media could be informed about this joint pastoral letter. If the letter mentions the joint service and the Easter 2005 Gospel study, this might also give an opportunity to promote these events in the media.
Click here for another worship resource that can be used to celebrate the anniversary.