“We are spiritual houses who are to proclaim the mighty acts of God,” said the Rev. Michelle Cobb, now former superintendent of the Calumet District, to more than 2,000 worshipers Friday, June 26 during an evening Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Resurrection. The conference celebrated and remembered the lives of 23 clergy and 37 clergy spouses, who died since both conferences met this past year.

Using the words of Jesus in John 7: 37-39, Cobb proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to Jesus and drink. You and I have received the living water.”

Likewise, standing on this chief foundation stone (of Jesus), we have been translated into living stones.

She said, in faithful obedience to God through Christ, we are to witness and proclaim the mighty deeds of God. Remember the words of Jesus in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world.” What does God’s world look like?

“The Holy Spirit is shaping us and molding us to offering spiritual sacrifices to God …

“We are spiritual houses made to proclaim the message of an awesome, living God who desires to love everybody.

“We cannot be content to be just for each other believers. We are called to participate in God’s redemptive mission to all,” she said.

Looking forward to Saturday’s Mission and Outreach to Muncie, she said, “Tomorrow the living water will give us an opportunity to proclaim God’s love to all people.”

We, spiritual houses, will become touchstones of faith for generations before and behind us. We do that by creating living memories and living reminders. Living testimonies for Christians and non-Christians alike.

Cobb then asked the audience to stand by age groups, laity, clergy and guests until all were standing. With each group she proclaimed, “You are touchstones of faith… we are living memories, living reminders of God’s awesome deeds to a world that constantly needs to be reminded that there is a living God.

“Living memories, living reminders of faith through Jesus Christ. Our witness lives beyond the grave as we remember those spouses of clergy and clergy,” she said.

“Through our praise and God’s mighty deeds, we are touchstones of faith through Jesus Christ. May we continue to be the house that proclaims the mighty deeds of God, who loves extravagantly.”

Following the sermon, Bishop Mike Coyner led the conference in Holy Communion.

Worship music was provided by a combined Muncie choir including members of Gethsemane, Riverside, College Avenue and High Street UMCs.

Jennifer Arbogast, a doctoral student of BSU, was the director.

Mary Dicken was the harpist.