Hundreds of ELCA work project leaders are flooding into the New Orleans Convention Center this morning. They’re worshipping together one last time before the 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering begins tomorrow evening.

Some 37,000 adults and youths are expected at the Youth Gathering. They’ll be devoting much of their time to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors with recovery projects.

The ELCA outreach is known as Servant Life. The youths are reaching out to others as Jesus instructed. Some of the group leaders are known as servant companions. Some will be in charge of the youths riding on busses to the work sites. Other leaders will be in charge at the site itself.

Photo: ELCA Pastor Sean Ewbank meditates as he walks around the worship space. He’s leading worship this morning for the servant leaders. Ewbank is pastor of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville, Louisiana.