Worshipping and celebrating together
Festive Weekend in Wittenberg
People from all over the world will gather on 27 and 28 May 2017 on the Elbe meadows outside the gates of Wittenberg. And, while looking across the Castle Church and St Mary's City Church, they can look back over 500 years of the Reformation.
The first visitors will arrive on Saturday, and at sunset hold a 'night of lights' on the meadows with the Taizé community by the riverbank. Next morning they will welcome the sunrise with songs and prayers.
As the culmination of the Berlin Kirchentag and the Kirchentage on the Way, everyone will join in worship at a festive service at Sunday noon, giving thanks for God's goodness and ecumenical fellowship. This will be a service that encourages us to spread the gospel in our own way - God willing!
A "Reformation picnic" will follow - with food and drink, exchange and talk, spiced with information about the host region. And that will lead into a musical climax: a concert of celebrities, with a message encouraging us to get involved - politically and socially.
Photo: Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert