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Prayers and songs

The WCC's 70th anniversary is a time to give thanks for the achievements, ask for forgiveness for any shortcomings and implore God’s guidance and assistance in any future endeavours. As the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in a letter to the member churches inviting them to contribute prayers and songs for this anniversary year: “'praying together' has been the source of our inspiration and of all our energy in 'walking together' and in 'working together'.”

The WCC's 70th anniversary is a time to give thanks for the achievements, ask for forgiveness for any shortcomings and implore God’s guidance and assistance in any future endeavours. As the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit wrote in a letter to the member churches inviting them to contribute prayers and songs for this anniversary year: “'praying together' has been the source of our inspiration and of all our energy in 'walking together' and in 'working together'.”

Below you will find a collection of such prayers rising from the heart of those who had the privilege of participating – and sometimes even leading – the common Pilgrimage.

Document A Vellore Blessing
Contributed by Linnea Good, Christian singer-songwriter from Canada, to the WCC 70th anniversary; she originally wrote it for an intercultural Christian exchange with the staff and students of the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, in 2015.
Document An anniversary prayer from the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil
A prayer written by Rev. Silvio Schneider, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, adviser for Global Mission and Ecumene, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document An anniversary prayer from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
A prayer written by Rev. Irja Askola, Bishop of Helsinki, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document An anniversary prayer from the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad
A prayer written by Archishop Lauma Zusevics, of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document An anniversary prayer from the National Council of Churches in Australia
A prayer written by Bishop Philip Huggins, president of the National Council of Churches in Australia, remembering a WCC meeting with the theme: “The Church is to be a sign of the coming unity of the whole human family”.
Document An anniversary prayer from the Uniting Church in Sweden
A prayer written by Gerard Willemsen, Uniting Church in Sweden, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document Anniversary prayer from the Uniting Church in Australia (1)
A prayer written by the Rev. Dr Chris Walker, national consultant for Christian Unity, Doctrine and Worship, Uniting Church in Australia, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches
Document Anniversary prayer from the Uniting Church in Australia (2)
A prayer written by Dr Jill Tabart, national president, UCA, 1994-1997; consensus mentor, WCC 9th Assembly; for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document Anniversary prayers from the Uniting Church in Australia
A series of prayers written by the Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon, retired Australian Uniting Church minister, former national director for Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia (1993), for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. She was the first woman to moderate the Worship Committee preparing a WCC Assembly.
Document Collect
A prayer written by Rev. Canon Jeremy Worthen, secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Theology, Church of England, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document Jesus, the key of unity
A prayer written by Rev. Martin Hoegger, Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document Prayer for Church unity
A prayer written by Rev. Martin Hoegger, Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Document Prayer for the 70th anniversary of the WCC
Adapted from a prayer by Chiara Lubich at the World Council of Churches, 28 October 2002.
Document Prayers by a former Bossey student from Aotearoa New Zealand
A set of prayers written by Rev. John Stewart Murray, (1929-2017), Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, and former Bossey student in 1955/56.
Document The hidden treasure and the pearl of great price
A prayer written by Rev. Martin Hoegger, Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.