There’s a church in our church!! It’s true. Lutheran Church of the Master’s Council approved a request by the Community of the Holy Spirit to worship in our sanctuary on Saturday evenings at 5pm (don’t worry, there is almost NEVER anything going on at 5pm on Saturday in our Sanctuary).
This small, but growing, congregation of about 20 is a member church of Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). And you might be surprised at how much we have in common.
Though the Lutherans were separated from the Roman Catholic Church 500 years ago, the ECC traces its heritage back to a group that broke with Rome in 1870, over the new doctrine of Papal infallibility. The ECC has stated that it is ecumenical, meaning that it believes that other denominations are also true believers; it is in favor of married clergy, female clergy, open table communion, being welcoming and accepting of members of the LGBTQ+ community, and a non-hierarchical church structure. And though they do not state it this way, they have a doctrine similar to our “priesthood of all believers.”
Their worship forms are very similar to ours. I think you will feel very comfortable if you chose to worship with them on a Saturday evening. My hope is that, eventually, our congregations will become friends and perhaps be able to partner on certain aspects of our common mission; but for now, we are simply being a good host. They will appoint a committee to work with our staff and Council to iron out the details and to keep the inevitable issues that will arise from becoming points of contention.
If you have suggestions or concerns please contact me (phone, text, email, snail-mail, or in person) and feel free to worship with the Community of the Holy Spirit starting on June 2nd at 5pm.
Pr. Bob Albing