The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. As the highest legislative authority of the synod, delegates from congregations engage in conversation and vote on resolutions, synod council and committee nominations, in addition to other synod business.
The Rev. Patricia Lull elected bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod
The Rev. Patricia Lull, 61, was elected May 17, to a six-year term as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), succeeding the Rev. Peter Rogness, who will retire June 30. She was elected on the fifth and final ballot at the synod assembly, May 16-17, at Prince of Peace Lutheran, Burnsville, Minn.
Lull was elected with 226 votes to 215 votes for the Rev. Lamont Koerner, interim senior pastor, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Stillwater. There were 441 ballots cast.
Lull assumed office on July 1 and was installed at Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, Minn., on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3:00 p.m.
Winging our words
This year the Saint Paul Area Synod assembly concluded a three-year focus on Lutheran identity, exploring how we proclaim the gospel promise under the theme of “Living Lutheran: Wing Our Words.” In his sermon Friday morning, Bishop Rogness brought life to this year's assembly theme of Wing Our Words through the beautiful imagery of starling murmurations.
"You and I,
common as starlings,
the common made holy.
You and I,
and our words,
and God's wings
soaring over the earth.
We and our words become God's murmuration!"
—Bishop Peter Rogness
To watch the entire worship service from the first day of the 2014 assembly, select the video icon below:
This year's assembly marked endings as well as beginnings. As an assembly, we gave thanks to the years of service from both Bishop Peter Rogness and Beth Helgen, who has served as Assistant to the Bishop for Administration for the past 12 years. Below you'll find video highlights from the 2014 assembly of the many thanks for and from these individuals and all they have done for our synod.
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A collection of your photos, tweets, and other highlights from both days of the assembly have been archived below and at storify.com/spaselca/spas14.