Denominational Worship Gathering will center on the theme ‘New World Coming!’

By Paul Mundey

On July 1, a Denominational Worship Gathering for the Church of the Brethren, planned by the Annual Conference Program and Arrangements Committee, will take place virtually starting at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). It will center around the theme, “New World Coming!”

The service will feature the preaching of Kayla Alphonse and Paul Mundey, with a wide array of music including selections by Jacob Crouse, Janelle Flory Schrock and Kendra Flory, the Keister Sisters, Shawn Kirchner, Nancy Faus Mullen, and Josh Tindall. Two hymns by Church of the Brethren hymnwriters will be sung by the denominational virtual choir: “Move in Our Midst” and “I See a New World Coming.”

General secretary David Steele will offer prayers for the church. A wide array of people from around the denomination will offer additional worship leadership.

A series of congregational stories will be featured, lifting up the missional fervor and outreach of the Church of the Brethren from around the world.

In a season of disruption and despair, the service will point to the God in Christ who makes a way where there seems to be no way (Isaiah 43:19); encouraging us to build new worlds in God’s name (Luke 4:18-19); seeing with eyes of faith the vision of the Lamb (2 Corinthians 5:7); and, as a weary earth sings, nevertheless a new song of new creation in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 21:1-8).

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— Paul Mundey is the moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference.

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