Watching people file into the Roanoke Civic Center reminded me of the gathering of the Scottish Clans. The was the Lynchburg Clan, the Appomattox Clan, the Richmond Clan, you get the idea.
This was a night for the Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion.
We had the leaders of the clans, the District Superintendents. And, of course the Chieftain of the clans, our Bishop.
There was time during the evening service of remembering those clergy and clergy spouses who had died since the last Annual Conference.
When a name was read, those who knew them or were connected in someway with them, would stand throughout the auditorium.
After each name was read, the entire auditorium in unison would say, "Thank You, Lord, for this your servant". It was a sobering start to the conference.
The Rappahannock District Youth Choir provided special music throughout the evening service.
Bishop Charlene Kammerer, officiated the communion service.
Communion for 4000. That which binds us together is so much greater that that which divides us.
Joanne said it was the biggest chunk of communion bread she had ever received. It took her two bites to get it all.
George and Kathy Schaefer.
Charlie and Joanne Johnson
Practice for the Ordering of Ministry Service the next day, everyone find the seat with your name on it.
It was good to see all the familiar faces from Licensing School (see previous blogs about Licensing School). Being in gathering this big, it was nice to know you had friends around.
I think just about everyone was so accustomed to me taking pictures by now, that they didn't mind to much. I had become like the pesky gnat that you can't shoo away. That wasn't my analogy, I prefer the puppy that you get accustomed to it being underfoot.