a former member
of Immanuel Lutheran Church,
completed two terms as Bishop of the
New England Synod in 2012.
Margaret Payne was elected Bishop of the New
England Synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America on Friday,
June 2, 2000, at the Synod Assembly in Sturbridge, MA. Bishop-elect Payne is only the
third woman Lutheran bishop in the nation and the fifth throughout the world.
We congratulate her for her faithful service in this important leadership role in the wider church.
Installation Eucharist of Bishop Margaret G. Payne
was held on September
17, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. ELCA Presiding
Bishop H. George Anderson presided in her installation and New Jersey Synod Bishop
E. Roy Riley, Jr. preached a wonderful and uplifting installation sermon. A combined
choir (including our own choir) and instrumental ensemble provided special music.
A reception and time of fellowship followed the Liturgy. The Psalm setting that
was sung at the service, written by our own Anne Weaver, received special praise
by Bishop Anderson and others. Also, Bob Weaver was the Assisting Minister for
the Bishop's Installation service.