Lutheran-Catholic service held in Madison (Madison, Wisc.)

MADISON — St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ELCA have been neighbors and partners in the Madison community for over 60 years.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, they came together for the first time in a joint evening prayer service on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Fr. Robert Evenson, pastor of St. Maria Goretti, and Pastor Chris Enstad of Good Shepherd were the worship leaders.

Welcome from pastor

“We welcome all of our brothers and sisters and Father Bob. We’re so thrilled to come together in a spirit of unity,” said Pastor Enstad.

He mentioned that Father Evenson reached out to him soon after becoming pastor at St. Maria Goretti this summer. “He asked, ‘What can we do together?’ This service came together. It plants a seed for future work.”

The service was based on Marty Haugen’s Holden Evening Prayer. It included hymns, prayers, readings, and messages from both pastors.

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