This year's Mission Center Conference was a Spirit-filled weekend! Members and friends met in Apple Valley for a Coffee Talk Friday evening, an intergenerational discussion about what and where we feel called, and a productive business meeting. For details about the the business meeting, check out the Conference Brochure. Saturday evening was capped in service, as a crew went to Feed My Starving Children to package food to be sent to families around the world.
From left: Evangelist Connie Lane-Lindeen, High Priest Alison Woods, High Priest Karen Hill, High Priest Wayne Rogers, Apostle Robin Linkhart, Evangelist Gary Elrod, and High Priest Chris Davisdon.
Arguably the most moving was a farewell challenge from Alison Woods, who steps down from the Mission Center leadership team at the end of the year. She re-wrote the words to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to share her hopes for Karen Hill, Chris Davisdon, and Gary Elrod, who were each ordained into new offices. But not only did Alison's words challenge Karen and Chris as they step into the office of high priest and Gary into evangelist, but they also spoke directly to each worshipper. Each of us is called to be vulnerable, honest, and ready to serve as we unfold God's plan.
And through it all, may we all sing, "Hallelujah!"
Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. (copyright 1984) Tune of G Major/Instrumental
Words by Alison Woods
Well Karen and Chris and Gary
You are called with the Gifts you have inside
From a God of amazing love and passion, for you.
To strengthen and direct your purpose
To be about Christ’s mission
Not only in words but in your actions.
Acknowledge the Spirit in our midst
Be vulnerable and teachable
Be honest about your walk with Jesus, with us.
Serve us, but when you need help
Let us walk together
Through the valleys, shadows and mountain tops.
Tell us the story of Jesus
And how it is written in your life
Into your story, your heart and servant-hood
Our world has too many jagged edges
Sharp angles and harshly drawn lines
And needs your compassionate leadership.
When we live in community
Everyone follows and everyone leads
We all sing together “Hallelujah”
You lead on behalf of the whole
And in return, sustained by the whole
Forgive and find peace in one another’s journey.
May the Lord grant you wisdom
Peace as you share God’s word
Follow God’s will with courage, Hallelujah
Live your faith in humility
Patiently comfort all persons
Together unfold God’s plan in love, for one another