At the close of the Assembly, as at its beginning, Bishop Hanson invited everyone to place their hand on their head, "recalling how baptismal grace washed over you and words were spoken to you.
Bishop Hanson invited the assembled to repeat: "I am baptized. I am chosen. I am a child of God. I belong to Jesus Christ. I am marked with the cross of Christ forever."
Bp. E. Roy Riley, New Jersey Synod, preacher at the closing worship (Aug. 14), kept a news story on the famine in Niger with him throughout the Churchwide Assembly.
Bp Roy Riley (New Jersey) preached at Sunday's worship service.
Young Adult Convocation participants were Sunday's acolytes
From left: Bp. Hanson (presiding), Pr. Michael Burk (director, ELCA worship), Diaconal Minister Tammy Devine (assisting), Bp. Roy Riley, New Jersey, (preaching)
Bp. Mark Hanson, presiding
Amendments to memorials and resolutions are projected on the big screens in the plenary hall.
During Plenary Session Twelve, Aug. 14, Voting Members finished their work on memorials and resolutions.
Moments of both levity and seriousness punctuated the last business session of the Churchwide Assembly.
Jonathan Eilert and Pyllis Wallace (Reference and Council Committee, ELCA Church Council)
Mark and Ione Hanson
"Extend your arm and place your hand on another's head," Bishop Hanson instructed, and then closed with prayer.