This past weekend, members of Lutheran churches around the Virginia Synod gathered at Roanoke College for the annual Synod Assembly. Business sessions were balanced with worship, keynote addresses from Bishop Bob Humphrey, small group discussions and the opportunity to catch up with friends. The synod office has provided us with a summary of the assembly, which you can read here:
Also, Bishop Humphrey wrote a sermon for congregations to hear on Sunday morning; thank you to Billy for presenting that at both worship services while I attended the asembly. Here are links to the sermon and a biography of Bishop Humphrey:
Note: Bishop Humphrey's brother-in-law, Frank Greenday, died last week after a long illness. We keep the Greenday and Humphrey families in our prayers during this time of grieving.
Thank you to Diane Giessler, Marty Holliday and Jack Wall for representing Zion (and our parish) at the assembly!
*We need both a lector and fellowship host for Zion this coming Sunday. If you can do either, please let me know so we don't duplicate efforts.*
Thank you to Marty Holliday for preaching on Sunday, June 24, at both Zion and St. Mark. You'll want to hear her message about change and hope.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped us move, fixed food and provided moral support. We could not have done it without you - really!
I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all
my fellow creatures, pulsing with your life;
as a tiny seed you sleep in what is small
and in the vast you vastly yield yourself.
The wondrous game that power plays with Things
is to move in such submission through the world:
groping in roots and growing thick in trunks
and in treetops like a rising from the dead.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
trans. Stephen Mitchell