Listen to “Looking and Finding,” Bishop Graham’s sermon preached at the Spring Session worship service of the 2011 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly (select “Listen In” under “Faith Resources” tab at metrodcelca.org).
The Road to Emmaus passage in Luke 24:13-35 informed not only this sermon but many aspects of a reflective worship experience. We put out feet in motion, criss-crossing the lobby and and grounds of the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, pausing to read scripture and contemplate “Stations of the Resurrection.” Small groups of worshippers joined numbers in a meeting room transformed into worship space.
Communion was celebrated at an Iona Table. In this practice, worshippers approached long tables set with candles, bread and wine, and shared both bread and wine with a person across from them.
An offering collected at the service was shared with the ELCA HIV/AIDS Initiative and Lutheran World Relief’s response ot the Japan earthquake.