Bishop Ward looks forward to being with you at Annual Conference 2014. See her thoughts in this Connections video.
Grace and peace to you, God’s own people on this day in the season after Easter. Peter writes, in the first letter, that “once we were no people, but now we are God’s people.” He reminds us later, in Chapter 3 that “we, washed in the waters of baptism, come forth to serve in the world.”
We give thanks for our United Methodist connection and for the ways in which we are serving in this particular time. Last month, high winds destroyed and damaged over 400 homes in the eastern part of our Annual Conference.
Through your partnership, volunteers are flowing and homes are being restored so that families can be secure. Thank you for your offerings and for your effort in this good work.
We are a connectional church which means we are engaged in ministry with millions of other United Methodist people around the world, and recently we have received notification of generous grants to expand our ministry in many areas of our life together.
At the 2014 Annual Conference, very soon, we will continue to celebrate the life we share in Christ. I look forward to being with many of you there and others of you will be able to participate through the web as you have access to the speakers, the plenary conversations and the decisions which we make in our life together.
May God bless you wherever you find yourself this day, for the place in which you are is the place where God has called you to be a faithful witness. “Once we were no people, but now we are Gods people”. We have been brought through the water to a spacious place where we serve God with joy.