EEA 3 Preparation Meeting, Wittenburg 14-18 February

3rd Stage EEA3
Ecumenical Encounter in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany,
February, 15-18 2007
”The Light of Christ shines upon all.
Rediscovering the gift of light that the Gospel of Christ represents
for Europe today”
Morning Prayer
Saturday 17 February
Led by the Revd Anthony Peck
General Secretary, European Baptist Federation
Opening Responses
(from the Office of the Northumbria Community)
One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.
Call: Who is it that you seek?
Response: We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.
Our Father God, Thy name we praise
To thee our hymns addressing
And joyfully our voices raise
Thy faithfulness confessing
Assembled by thy grace, O Lord
We seek fresh guidance from Thy word
Now grant anew thy blessing
Touch, Lord the lips that speak for Thee;
Set words of truth before us,
That we may grow in constancy,
The light of wisdom o’er us.
Give us this day our daily bread;
May hungry souls again be fed;
May heavenly food restore us.
As with our brethren here we meet,
Thy grace alone can feed us,
As here we gather at Thy feet
We pray that Thou wilt heed us.
The power is Thine, O Lord divine,
The kingdom and the rule are Thine,
May Jesus Christ still lead us!
(from the 16 th Century Anabaptist Ausbund transl. E A Payne )
Prayer of Adoration (in German)
Revd Regina Claas
Scripture Reading: John 1: 1-14 (in Norwegian)
Revd Billy Taranger
Scripture Meditation
Prayers of Intercession with response:
L May the light of Christ
R. shine in a darkened world
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one.
Our comforts and our cares.
We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear,
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear
When for a while we part,
This thought will soothe our pain,
That we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way,
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.
From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin we shall be free;
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.
(John Fawcett 1740-1817))