The Daily Lutheran is the newsletter of the 9th Churchwide Assembly. It’s published by the staff of The Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCA. Editor: Sonia C. Solomonson. Writers: Elizabeth Hunter, Kathleen Kastilahn, Julie B. Sevig and Ann Hafften. Photographer: Michael D. Watson. Production editor: Andrea S. Pohlmann. Web production: Amber Leberman.
With word and water as his backdrop, Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson proclaimed at Monday’s opening worship that “walking on water is permitted but not required at this Churchwide Assembly.”
In a state nearly surrounded by water, more than 2,200 voting members, staff and guests gathered—to be reminded of their baptism and to recall Peter’s walk on water (Matthew 14:22-33). Readings and prayers were offered in several languages and music ranged from Now Thank We All Our God to My Life Flows On in Endless Stream.
“I suspect that most, if not all of us, as we have pondered, prayed and prepared for this assembly may have begun to feel as if we have come to Orlando carrying the expectation—dare I say the burden?—that what is called for from us this week is a feat at least as miraculous as walking on water,” Hanson preached.
|ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson recalls the sermon at his installation when he was told: “Mark, people will watch your feet ... take us to the waste places of our disconnect from each other ... [and] from God.... Just follow the beautiful feet.” Hanson told worshipers: “Your feet look absolutely beautiful. So let’s get to work.”|
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