Service of Celebration to be Sept. 22
Hundreds of United Methodists, two retired United Methodist bishops, other faith leaders from throughout Virginia and heads of educational institutions will gather at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, to celebrate the assignment of Bishop Young Jin Cho to lead the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church for the next four years.
The traditional service will be filled with music, liturgy and pageantry to welcome Cho, the first Korean-American bishop to serve as the religious leader for the 1,196 local churches and 334,764 United Methodists in the Virginia Conference.
The service will begin with a colorful procession of nearly 200 participants, including clergy wearing robes and red stoles, educational institution presidents wearing academic regalia, participants carrying symbols of the office of bishop, acolytes carrying candles and banners.
Music will be provided by combined choirs from Reveille United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church of Richmond with brass ensemble, a 50-member choir from Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington, classical guitar, soloist, and congregational singing.
Retired Bishop H. Hasbrouck Hughes, Jr. of Williamsburg and retired Bishop Ray W. Chamberlain Jr. of Winchester will lead the covenant service, and leaders from the Virginia Conference will present symbols of episcopal ministry to Bishop Cho.
A reception honoring Bishop Cho and his family will be held in the church fellowship hall following the service.
Overflow parking will be available in the parking lot of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at the intersection of Antrim Ave. and Kingcrest Parkway.