Friday Followings: South Dakota Synod Assembly

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
Today I simply ask you to keep the South Dakota Synod of the ELCA in your prayers as the 32nd annual synod assembly convenes this morning through Saturday afternoon at Our Savior’s Lutheran here in Sioux Falls. The theme for the Assembly is “Come Holy Spirit”. Each congregation of this state-wide synod, of which Gloria Dei is a part, is able to send voting members to the assembly. The number of voting members for each congregation is determined by the size of the church. Gloria Dei, being a large congregation, is able to send eight lay voting members plus our four clergy, for a total of twelve voting members.
 
We will gather for worship; we’ll hear reports from various synod ministries; we’ll hear reports regarding the ministry of the whole ELCA; we’ll adopt of financial plan and do other business together; and we’ll enjoy good fellowship with other Lutherans throughout the state.
 
Of particular importance this year is the election of a new bishop for the South Dakota Synod. Bishop David Zellmer has served two six-year terms and is not eligible for a third. Therefore we will have a new bishop-elect by Saturday afternoon. I ask that you give thanks to God for Bishop Dave and the synod staff, as they have served faithfully over these past twelve years. Their ministry has borne much fruit for the Kingdom of God and we are grateful. Pray, too, for the work of the Holy Spirit within the assembly as the new bishop is elected. We will announce who the new bishop is at our three weekend worship services.
 
At Gloria Dei this weekend we begin, appropriately, a five week series on the book of Acts. The book of Acts is the story of the early church. Sometimes called “The Acts of the Apostles”, this book could also be titled “The Acts of the Holy Spirit”, because as we read we discover the magnificent ways in which God’s Holy Spirit equips and empowers people like us to do the work of Christ.  For this weekend, read Acts chapter one. See if you can memorize Acts 1:8.
 
Blessings to you and I’ll see you in worship!
 
Pastor Tim