EPA Annual Conference 2017 to ‘Rise Up’ in prayer
Rise Up and Pray! is the elevating main theme of the 2017 Eastern PA Annual Conference, which will return to the spacious Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., from Thursday to Saturday, June 15-17.
Preachers, prayers, musicians, liturgists and others will center the gathering in the practice and power of prayer, no doubt invoking the God of eternal grace to “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour.” That focus will also receive special attention when special guest the Rev. Tom Albin, Dean of the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, offers a Friday teaching session on prayer.
Three bishops will preach during this annual conference session including two familiar voices and a new voice on the NEJ College of Bishops. Resident Bishop Peggy Johnson will preach for the Opening Worship and Eucharist Service on Thursday afternoon. New Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, who leads the neighboring Baltimore-Washington Conference, will preach for the Ordination Service (“Rise Up and Lead!”) on Friday night. Bishop Peter Weaver, a retired former leader of our own conference and the Philadelphia Episcopal Area, will preach during the Memorial Service (“Rise Up in Glory!”) on Saturday morning.
A fourth sub-theme, “Rise Up for Generations” will herald the annual celebration of ministry that recognizes new clergy retirees and new elders and deacons preparing to follow in their footsteps. The other usual agenda highlights-clergy and laity sessions, ministry reports, the budget, nominations, resolutions, holy conferencing, other guests and special offerings-will all occur during the two-plus days of annual conference. And all of it will be surrounded by prayer.
Annual Conference registration will be open from March 19 to May 19; and resolutions and reports are all due by April 21.
Keep an eye on the Annual Conference webpage for the latest details.