On Monday, Aug. 8, ELCA members came together for a gathering worship service, marking the beginning of the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The assembly, which is the primary decision-making body of the church, is convening Aug. 8-12 at the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Convention Center.

Readings for the week’s worship services are intended to supplement the assembly theme of “Embody the Word.” For the gathering worship service, the readings consisted of texts usually heard during Advent and reflected being centered in the wilderness while trusting Jesus’ incarnation. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preached at the service and later commented on how wonderful it was to gather together to sing and worship.

The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly officially opened Aug. 9.

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