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Synod Assembly 2019-05-22T09:49:24+00:00

Faithful + Bold + Serving

Let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for God, who made the promise, is faithful.  (Hebrews 10.23 NRSV/KDBD)

God is faithful. God keeps God’s promises – of love, hope, peace, forgiveness, justice, mercy, welcome, salvation. God’s faithfulness comes to us most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God is faithful; the cross is God’s ultimate testimony to God’s love for us – which is faithful, bold, serving.  

Because God is faithful, our hope is not in vain. When we hope in God, we can do so unwaveringly. Even when we doubt, even when we sin, even when our hope falters, the cross is God’s assurance that God is always faithful. God has made the promise – to everyone in every place and in every time. And God has always kept the promise. The cross is God’s faithful promise. So, we hope. Not wish, but hope. Grounded in God’s promises, which are steadfast and faithful.

This year’s Synod Assembly theme builds on the new Virginia Synod Vision of Faithful + Bold + Serving. Since, then, we have such a hope [through Christ Jesus], we act with great boldness (2 Corinthians 3.12). Grounded in God’s bold faithfulness to humanity and empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit, we respond to God’s gift of grace with bold and servant faith, with faithful and servant boldness, and with faithful and bold serving.

2019 Synod Assembly

June 7-8

at Roanoke College

Synod Assembly Online Registration

2019 Youth Assembly

June 7-8

at Roanoke College

Youth Assembly Paper Registration

The Virginia Synod Assembly is an annual gathering of rostered leaders and elected voting members of congregations that gather together to experience and express what it means to be called to be Church together as the Body of Christ – as we care for necessary items of business, engage in fellowship, participate in and experience corporate worship, and are inspired by the theme and speakers.

The Virginia Synod Youth Assembly is the annual meeting of the Virginia Synod Lutheran Youth Organization, to which all Lutheran Youth in Virginia automatically belong. The Virginia Synod LYO is also the group in Virginia that relates to the ELCA Youth Organization. The Youth Assembly meets at the same time as the Synod Main Assembly each year on the Roanoke College Campus. Youth will need to be excused from school on Friday, June 7th.

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Video and text versions of the Bishop’s sermon will be available at a later date.

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Email: bayerderrick@vasynod.org
Phone: 540-389-1000