Spiritual life at the Novi Sad General Assembly

In the life of the Novi Sad General Assembly worship remains a central element. These are the moments when all the participants gather for prayer, reflection and meditation, sharing spiritual experiences drawn from diverse traditions of churches around Europe.

The Novi Sad Assembly is a prayerful event presenting wide variety of liturgical traditions and spiritualties from across the breadth of CEC Member Churches.

Worship services at the General Assembly focus on the theme “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) – exploring the subthemes: Justice, Witness and Hospitality.

The worship services in Novi Sad are both inter-confessional and confessional in nature. These services have been carefully planned to reveal to participants the wealth of liturgy and diverse forms of spiritual expression that exist in the European churches.

The worship service marking the opening of the General Assembly will be held at the Novi Sad city centre on 31 May from 19.30 – 20.30. The service is open to public.

The participants will also pray with the Serbian local churches of various confessions. These services will be held on Sunday 3 June between 10.00 to 12.15.

A symbolic peace prayer at the General Assembly will be held near Danube Bridge on Sunday 3 June, 17.30 to 19.00 – featuring reflections from European church leaders.

The General Assembly Worship Committee includes: Fr. Miodrag Andrić, Serbian Orthodox Church, Dr Marianna Apresyan, Armenian Apostolic Church, Mr. Peter Arendt, Church of Denmark, Ms. Anna Barton, Church of England, Ms. Betty Gregers-Arendt, Church of Denmark, Mr. Nikos Kosmidis, Church of Greece, Fr. Constantin Miron, Ecumenical Patriarchate, Ms. Triin Salmu, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ms. Jooa Sotejeff-Wilson, Orthodox Church of Finland, Rev. Sabine Udodesku, Evangelical Church in Germany and Rev. Karin Wiborn, Christian Council of Sweden.

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