Retiree Michele Wright Bartlow (right) annoints and prays with Joyce Anderson (left), who will be commissioned toward Elders Orders at the Service of Ordination.
In a Service of Recognition, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference honored twenty-two retiring clergy.
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Those retiring are: Lee F. Adams, Robert A. Bailey, Michele Wright Bartlow, Edward L. Bean, Cookie F. L. Bracey, Susan Cole, David R. Cramp, Herbert N. Gibbons, Edward C. Goodley, Cecile J. Grantham, James R. Hallam, Sandra L. Hargrove, Howard W. Milton, Jr., David C. Nissly, Sally W. Ott, Robert A. Pope, Thomas Ross, Richard S. Sarley, John T. Truitt, H. Joe Tyson, Charles E. Weigel, Jr., Donald R. Williams.
Each retiree was invited up to be greeted by Bishop Peggy Johnson.
The scripture lesson, 2 Timothy 4: 1-8, emphasized their servant leadership:
1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.