Saturday, June 12, 2010

Annual Conference- Day Three

Saturday morning began as did each morning with morning prayer and Holy Communion. Business followed as we finished up the nominations and election of officers for the Annual Conference. Late in the morning we honored those pastors who were retiring from the work. Mandatory retirement is age 72. Some were close to that age; others were much younger. 39 clergy retired. Time was given for each one to say something about what their ministry has meant to them. It was recorded and played for the Conference. At the conclusion of that presentation, one of the retirees, Rev. Paul Rogers, passed the mantle to one of the younger clergy, quoting from the Old Testament. As Elisha followed Elijah, he prayed that God would give him a double share of Elijah’s spirit.

After lunch we gathered back at the Florence Civic Center for the memorial service. This service of worship is a time when we remember the saints who have died since last Annual Conference. These are pastors, and pastor’s spouses. Every year that passes I know more and more in this group. Two of them were especially close to me. The families of the deceased gathered for the service and sat at the front. At the conclusion of the service we greeted them in love.

As you can see this day was an emotional day as some of our pastors came to the end of the service to the conference, but not the end of their calling. As we remembered those who had died, it was a very moving time of remembrance.

After dinner break, the Service of Ordination was held. I’ll talk more about Ordination later.


Dave Nichols

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