Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. and Bishop Mark W. Holmerud (ELCA) will celebrate the new relationship of United Methodists and Lutherans in full communion, Sunday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the first denomination with whom we have this special ecumenical relationship, whereby we are now able to exchange clergy, share resources, and support one another's ministries in creative ways.
"Together We Serve," a unique service of worship and Eucharistic sharing, will use the UMC Communion liturgy, according to ecumenical guidelines, as we will be gathered in a United Methodist Church setting. ELCA Bishop Holmerud of the Sierra Pacific Synod will preach. Music and readings will reflect our two traditions and the ethnic diversity of our California-Nevada Conference and the roughly equivalent ELCA Synod.
Rather than focus on the past, the two lead pastors planning this service, the Rev. Kathi McShane of First UMC Sacramento and Rev. Scot Sorensen of St. John's Lutheran Church Sacramento, wish to focus on ways United Methodists and Lutherans can work together in projects to alleviate poverty and injustice in our communities. This service is designed to model a new way of working together.
The Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns is sponsoring this event and encourages churches to reach out to their Lutheran neighbors, form carpools to attend on November 15, and then plan another local ecumenical event in their home communities this year.
No reception is planned (as previously listed), due to the evening hour.
FUMC Sacramento is located at 2100 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.