Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
Sunday evening lay and clergy delegates from about 700 United Methodist Churches - from the Gulf of Mexico to the Red River, from the Louisiana border to College Station - will gather together online for the opening worship service of our conference’s annual meeting. The “Annual Conference” has been an important part of Methodism since our founders, John and Charles Wesley, in the 1700’s. In addition to multiple worship experiences daily, committee reports are heard, business sessions are held, retiring elders and deacons are honored, and new elders and deacons are ordained for ministry in the years ahead. Charles Wesley’s hymn, And Are We Yet Alive, is sung at every Annual Conference.
Nikki Gray, our Director of Worship Arts and Music, is serving as the Associate Worship Director of the annual conference, so she has special insight into the powerful worship experiences coming our way. Nikki says, “we’ve put our best efforts forward in making sure that our worship planning had the digital world in mind. For instance, we wanted to capture the hope of the future through the presence of children and youth, sunflowers and natural elements in our Opening Worship. We felt visually that we needed to see and hear our next generations telling us that it will be okay! And they do that!! It will come across through the screen - God is faithful.”
Our very own Bri Delaney, Kiley Phillips, and Sadie Chamberlain will be participating and leading opening worship. Please join us Sunday night at 7:00 pm. Click here to watch;