Anglicans, Lutherans Celebrate Partnership

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Whether Lutherans are many, as in parts of the west, or few, as in the east, many Anglicans heeded the call from the two churches' leadership to use the time near Reformation Sunday and All Saints to celebrate a new relationship.

In a letter signed by the Anglican primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, and former Lutheran National Bishop Telmor Sartison, the national councils of both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada suggested the week of October 28 to Nov. 1 to celebrate the new relationship. Both the Anglican General Synod and the Lutheran national convention approved full communion in Waterloo, Ont. last summer.

However, Oct. 28 also corresponded with the Edmonton meeting of the Anglican house of bishops, so dioceses found themselves without a bishop to celebrate a special service.

The diocese of Algoma held a service on Oct. 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod of ELCIC presided, and Bishop Ron Ferris of Algoma preached.

The church was so full that chairs had to be placed in the aisles to accommodate the overflow, said Archdeacon Susan DeGruchy, executive archdeacon to Bishop Ferris. …