Assembly News and Updates
Always Being Made New
ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson presented the Servus Dei Medal to ELCA Secretary David Swartling during the 2013 Churchwide Assembly Aug. 17. The Servus Dei Medal honors officers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at the completion of their terms and continues a tradition that was begun in its predecessor church bodies. The Servus Dei Medal was presented to Swartling in recognition of his leadership within this church and in thankfulness for his six years of service as secretary.
“I give thanks to God for this dedicated servant of the gospel who is deeply rooted and always being made new,” said Hanson.
Swartling told the assembly it was a bittersweet moment realizing he won’t be with the assembly again in this setting, but he leaves with confidence that this church is in “good hands” moving forward.
He reminded the assembly of the 3 R’s he spoke about earlier in the week, saying this is a church of the resurrection, a church of the reformation, and a church of reconciliation.
Swartling and his wife Barbara were given a standing ovation by the assembly.