During the ecumenical morning prayer led by the Lutheran World Federation on 15 March, Bishop Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed his appreciation for ecumenical work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I admire what you can do and communicate to the whole ecumenical family and the world under these new conditions,” he said. “You are called to bring the light of God’s love into the world – and you have done so and you continue to do so.”
This week in the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, the WCC global fellowship is praying with the people and churches of Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Those gathered prayed: “In this time of worries and anxieties after a year with COVID we pray,
Lord, show us your way and make us willing to walk it.”
A special prayer about climate change was also included in the service.
Churches in the Nordic region are embraced by such prayers this week, Tveit added. "We live with the same pandemic as the whole world, and its many challenges,” he said. “Particularly youth are suffering a lot.”
Tveit prayed for solidarity among the nations and people of the world in addressing the effects of COVID-19.
“We need committed and competent efforts of multi-lateral work to address the problems we have as one humanity and as one creation of God,” he said. “We are called to share how God loves the world, so that we can get out of our self-defined ways of living that might lead to perishing and not to life and light.”