Water Theme Flows through Shared Anglican/Lutheran Day

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Winnipeg

Anglicans and Lutherans took a pause from their respective annual conventions to flow together for a day of worship that celebrated their six-year-old Full Communion relationship and was centered on the theme and imagery of water.

Since the date was National Aboriginal Day, indigenous peoples' relationship with the land was acknowledged throughout and leaders of major Canadian denominations re-committed their churches to a covenant of support for natives.

"It is a day to be gentle with one another, to share in the bread broken and the wine poured," said Rev. Richard Leggett, a member of the joint AnglicanLutheran commission implementing the Full Communion agreement.

About 800 combined delegates gathered at small table groups in the Winnipeg Convention Centre to celebrate a eucharist featuring Bible readings that focused on the miracle of water--God's creation in Genesis, avision of "the river of the water of life" from Revelation, Jesus' asking a Samaritan woman at a well for a drink and telling her of the water of eternal life through faith in him.

Table discussions wrestled with environmental questions about water in its many forms, uses and abuses by humanity. …