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"Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water." - John 7:38

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A river runs through Assembly’s daily worship services

Speakers from around the nation will use Assembly theme in their individual messages

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Splish-splash! Water will run throughout the Assembly’s daily worship services, Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 a.m., based on the Assembly theme from John 7:38: “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

According to the daily worship committee chair, the Rev. Barbara Anne Keely, associate professor of Christian Education and Congregational Spirituality at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, water will punctuate each morning’s service.

“On Tuesday, the waters of baptism will flow into the worship space in the form of lengths of blue and green fabric,” Keely said. “Water Deepens through Generations” will highlight this renewal of baptism service.

Taylor Lewis Guthrie, a Harvard Divinity School graduate and candidate for ordination from Louisville, Ky., will preach. Choristers from St. Paul’s House of Hope (Presbyterian Church) Choir School will provide the music. Worshipers at the service in the Minneapolis Convention Center auditorium will receive a glass pebble to remind them of the promises made at their own baptism.

Preaching for Wednesday’s ecumenical service at Westminster Presbyterian Church will be the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director for the Minnesota Council of Churches and the newly elected president of the National Council of Churches.

University of South Carolina student Hakeem Jerome Jefferson will preach “Sharing Water with All” at the world missionary commissioning service on Thursday.

Friday’s worship, “Widening the Water,” will celebrate the racial diversity of the church. The Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario, associate director of admissions at Princeton Theological Seminary, will preach. She will be joined by the Kenyan Fellowship Choir from St. Paul’s Kenyan Christian Outreach Fellowship. Scripture will be proclaimed in six languages: Arabic, English, Kikuyu, Korean, Spanish and Swahili.

The Rev. Chris Scruggs of Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova, Tenn., will preach at “Keep the Waters Flowing,” and Scripture will be proclaimed through word and movement at the closing Assembly worship Saturday. Continuing the celebration of all generations, 6-year-old Emma Nahr of Plymouth Presbyterian Church will proclaim the assurance of pardon.