Nearly 300 delegates from Moravian congregations throughout the northern United States and Canada began their work determining issues important to the life and ministry of the Church in a truly Moravian way — with prayer and song.
As part of the opening of the Moravian Church Northern Province’s 2010 Synod on June 17, delegates worshiped together in Johnston Hall on the campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In leading the worship, Bishop C. Hopeton Clennon, who also serves as chaplain for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, cited the Synods’ theme: “Reaching Forward, Pressing On.”
“Spiritual Growth is all about loving God more and loving people more,” said Bishop Clennon. “We celebrate signs of new life and well-being across the Northern Province. It is such a gift to simply trust God. May we be bold these five days, and view things from the perspective of eternity.”
The opening worship included hymns and songs, a traditional trombone choir, communion and prayers for the upcoming Synod.