In the previous issues of our Bulletin, we have been reporting about the important anniversaries that our church has celebrated in the past few years. However, the most important anniversary for the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren is still ahead of us: in the autumn of this year, 100 years will have passed since the ECCB was founded. This will certainly be the most demanding event in terms of the necessary preparations that are already under way. The dignity of the celebration, we believe, should correspond with the importance of this historic milestone. The founding of our church is important not only for us, Protestants, but also for our fellow citizens, despite the fact that they may not be aware of it. They come across our activities and hear about us in the media when we draw attention to injustice and lies, they accept our help – from chaplains, teachers, pastors at weddings…
This issue of the Ecumenical Bulletin comes just before Easter – intentionally. It gives us an opportunity to show that important anniversaries do not need to be celebrated once in a hundred or five hundred years, but that we have a reason to celebrate every year. The remembering of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and the celebration of his resurrection brings reassurance and peace into our hearts. This “anniversary” is definitely worth commemorating every year.
We wish you peace and joy with the upcoming Easter holidays.
“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17–18)
On behalf of the Editorial Board