Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, conveyed greetings from the 150 LWF member churches in 99 countries worldwide, and thanked the congregation for the invitation to worship with them.
Reflecting on texts from Ephesians and 1 Corinthians, and the LWF Assembly theme – “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope,” she recalled the mandate of all to care for the earth, regardless of which continent or hemisphere one comes from. The LWF family is reconciled to diversity and not uniformity, she said.
She pointed out how the apostle Paul insisted on the gifts in the body of Christ, while fully aware of the challenges of division and economic disparity that the people in Corinth faced. “While the world seeks to impose uniformity and weaponize it to control people; in baptism, we all come together,” Eaton told the congregation. “Just as the one body has many members, so it is with Christ's body.”