Bishop Ward uses the lectionary texts for the fifth Sunday in Lent to remind us that the darkness of Lent and the journey to the cross is met with the light of triumph at Easter, when death is defeated and life is renewed.
Bishop Ward encourages churches to lift up the ministries of UMCOR on UMCOR Sunday, March 26 (or another Sunday that works best) and receive an offering in gratitude for the assistance the North Carolina Conference has received from UMCOR offerings after hurricanes and tornados.
In the stories of Saint Patrick and the Apostle Paul, we are reminded to listen for the call to be in ministry and to go into all the world.
Bishop Ward celebrates the many ways the North Carolina Conference provides spiritual and discipleship opportunities for youth and encourages churches to also provide opportunities to encourage and minister to youth.
As we approach Ash Wednesday, we ponder the ways we have not been faithful to God and we enter into the 40 days of Lent with deeper prayer and reflection so we can move closer to God.
As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers and to break down walls that divide us from each other. We refuse to label people. We are called to extend the hospitality of God and to live in beloved community with our neighbors. Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. “We refuse… Continue Reading→
We are called to demonstrate the love that Jesus embodied. While it is easy to love our neighbors, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to also love our enemies and those who hurt us. This is only possible through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Bishop Ward gives a report on the conference Mission Endowment Fund, which has made a grant of $60,000 to the Conference Disaster Response Ministries to be used for Hurricane Matthew recovery.
Bishop Ward asks for prayers for all the people living in the troubled lands of Israel and Palestine – the place where Jesus was born, spent his life and engaged his ministry.