During Annual Conference there was an Opening Worship service and 3 main worship services throughout the conference. As has become tradition of the Wisconsin Annual Conference, an Oneida drum circle preceded opening worship. Rev. Sue D’Alessio recognized the First Nations lands upon whom we gather. Rev. Barb Certa-Werner led the assembly in an opening prayer invoking the Spirit’s presence. Opening worship followed.
Bishop Jung recognized of all those in the Wisconsin Conference who have died in the past year, since the last Annual Conference. “I can’t stop thanking God for you,” Jung said, echoing the words of the Apostle Paul.
A time of recognition followed in which Barbara Dick read names of those related to the Conference who have died since the last Annual Conference. A candle was lit and a chime struck for each one.
Saturday night held a service of Covenant and Renewal with anointing. Worship began with the Conference singing The Church’s One Foundation. In the call to worship, attendees declared: “We gather to mourn our brokenness, to acknowledge our need for healing and to seek our future as your people.” Bishop Jung gave the meditation on the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 8:26-39.
The Ordination Service was held Sunday afternoon following the business of the Annual Conference and was led by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung. Five people were presented for licensing as a local pastor, two people were commissioned as provisional elders, two were ordained as elders, and one ordained as a deacon.
All the worship services can be found on the conference website or on the conference YouTube channel.