NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements
Friends in Christ,
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” If that is true, looking at all the pictures taken on the day of my installation would replace the necessity of at least two million words. I am glad for so many pictures, because I could not adequately describe that day even with two million words.
Our worship was rich and colorful. The setting was magnificent. The Spirit was alive and moving. We were blessed by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s sermon. The presence of our companion synod bishops from Tanzania and India was uplifting. The participation of our full communion partners was supportive. The music, the glorious music, sung by the Augustana College Choir, sung by the choir assembled from across the synod, sung in the hymns by the assembly, played by organ, brass and strings, was awe inspiring. The participation of my son and daughter-in-law was very special to me personally. The participation of synod youth along with a particularly poised young boy, who served as a lector, gave witness to our commitment to the young people of the church. The hear the petitions of the prayers spoken in Spanish, Tamil and Swahili, reminded us that the Lutheran world is more diverse than we sometimes acknowledge. To hear prayers offered in Hebrew and Arabic reminded us that our neighbors are not all Christian but worship the same God. Following the worship service, we enjoyed refreshments and hospitality provided for us by the hands of many. And, we had some fun.
May I offer my thanks to you for being a part of a special day in the life of the synod? An unbelievable amount of effort went into making it a wonderful day that reflected who we are as the Northern Illinois Synod. I am deeply honored to be called to serve as your bishop. Please pray for me as I pray for you.
Walking with you,
Bishop Jeff Clements