“My greetings are expressed with great joy because what you are celebrating is not a past separation, but the coming together of Lutheran and Reformed churches in a church union,” he wrote. “The members of those two Reformation traditions, moved by the Spirit, desired that union from the very beginning.”
They took the lead in promoting and implementing it, noted Sauca. “We rejoice in their vision and their obedience to the prayer of our Lord that his disciples live in communion,” he said. “Your church and the other members of the worldwide family of united and uniting churches, remind all of us in the ecumenical movement and beyond that we should not conform ourselves with our abnormal state of division.”
Further, it is a gift to the WCC that a united church constantly seeking greater fellowship with other churches is co-hosting the next WCC assembly.
“As we prepare ourselves to gather in Karlsruhe next year under the conviction that Christ’s love is active in today’s world, I pray that your love for the other churches will overflow and nurture the journey to visible unity until the day of Jesus Christ,” concluded Sauca.