Each President has written a piece underlining one of the five dimensions of this 500th anniversary of the Reformation 1517 – rejoicing, remembering, reforming, repenting, reconciling. Read the first two articles here with an introduction from Bishop Paul.
The richness and diversity of the Christian people reflects the multi-faceted richness of God. This is not to say that the divisions between the Christian churches are themselves a reflection of God’s will – the words of the Lord Jesus in John 17 (“May they all be one”) stand as a challenge, a provocation and a reproach to all of us as we remember the Reformation at this time. We each and all have much to thank God for, and to think on, as we reflect on our history together.
As Presidents of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region (CTMR) we stand together this Pentecost in thanksgiving, honesty, sorrow and peace as we look back on our rich but fractured history. At the same time we look forward with joy, gladly grasping the gifts of unity and of a refreshed friendship which God has given us in our own generation.
Each of my sister and brother Presidents has written a piece underlining one of the five dimensions of this anniversary that the national Presidents have identified – rejoicing, remembering, reforming, repenting, reconciling. We are glad and proud to be in partnership together for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We wholeheartedly endorse the words of the national Presidents of Churches Together in England (http://bit.ly/2pN29TI) and we stand with our national leaders when they say “we pray that our churches may honour each other and give thanks for our growing friendship and fellowship in the Gospel.”
May the God of truth and love bless all the churches as they draw lessons from the Reformation. And may that same God, who is also a fountain of sending love, equip and guide us all as we move forward in His name and by the power of His Spirit.
Bishop Paul Bayes,
Anglican Bishop of Liverpool – on behalf of the Presidents of CTMR.