May 5, 2008: Berlin (Germany)

Photos: NAC

Setting: With the exeption of two apostles, all European apostles gathered together in Berlin, the German capital. On Saturday before Pentecost a European Apostles Meeting took place, which concentrated on spiritual contents. The divine service on Pentecost Sunday was placed in the congretation of Berlin-Lichtenberg. Some 1.5 million brothers and sisters world-wide were able to witness the festive congregation via satellite.

Before Holy Communion the large congregation prayed the Lord’s Prayer according to the wording of the 1984 Luther translation - or in the English-speaking world, according to the New King James Version - for the very first time.

Pentecost greeting: "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1. John 4:11).

Core thoughts: The Bible passage which served as the basis for the Pentecost service had been taken from Ephesians 1: 16-17. After some introductory words of thanks, the Bible text expresses Apostle Paul’s wish for the Lord to send the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge. “This also applies in our day,” said Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber. “It is just as important today to recognise temptation, preserve peace, and help others. Our plea to the Holy Spirit is that we may recognise this with wise eyes. Furthermore, it is our task to understand the magnitude of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, gain insight into the eternal plan of salvation, and recognise the signature of God in the present. The Holy Spirit creates this knowledge in the soul.”