In worship, we gather as clergy and laity for mountaintop experiences in which we are inspired, comforted, unified, challenged, equipped and ultimately sent to do the ministry God has entrusted to each of us.

Opening worship will feature the combined choirs of St. Luke “Community” and First UMC Dallas and the inspirational preaching of Bishop Tracy Smith Malone. The creativity of our Annual Conference worship leader, Rev. DeAndre Johnson, will abound as we hear with new ears for a new day the Great Commission. Our beloved and departed clergy and spouses will be remembered and honored, and their legacy of faithful ministry will continue as we commission more than 150 young adults serving this summer through ministries such as Project Transformation, Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center, Connect to the Kingdom, Go Camp, QuadW and Lydia Patterson Institute.

On Monday morning, Bishop Michael McKee’s Episcopal Address will be framed by a Remembrance of Baptism service, in which we lift up that which unites us and our need for one another.

A Service of Commissioning and Ordination, featuring the leadership and preaching of Bishop McKee, is the highlight Monday evening. The text for the service is John 21:4-14; the commissionees and ordinands, along with every person in the pews, will be challenged and encouraged to cast their nets in bold, new ways. A combined adult and youth choir from First UMC Richardson will lead us in praise.

Tuesday afternoon we will be consecrated to “Go and make disciples.” Rev. Johnson, will guide us through a sacred time of holy communion and the reading of appointments.