In this video, Bishop Ward shares her weekend at Ocracoke Island in celebration of the diverse communities across the NC Conference.
Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. The Lord of Heaven and Earth. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve as the Bishop of the North Carolina Annual Conference which presents many interesting opportunities.
Last weekend, Mike and I traveled with the District Superintendents of the Beacon and Sound districts, Gil Wise and Linda Taylor, on ferries to Ocracoke Island, and from there on Saturday to the hundredth anniversary of the Methodist church on Portsmouth Island.
There are no residents now on Portsmouth Island but the village, every year, is alive there, as people come back to give thanks to God for a history of a church in the midst of a village, on an island, surrounded by water.
And, as we gathered for a wonderful service of worship and a wonderful homecoming meal under a tent, under the beautiful spring sun, we gave thanks to God, who is our beginning, and our end, our Alpha and our Omega.
On Sunday morning, it was my joy to preach at the Methodist church in Ocracoke, which is truly the village church. The church of the community. The church that is supported and frequented by those who come to enjoy the beach and the sun and the sand, as well as those who live year-round in Ocracoke village.
I share this adventure and fun with you in celebration of the great diversity of communities across our Annual Conference. In every place, the church is essential in proclaiming the good news, in creating space for a hospitable and nurturing community, and as a launching place for mission out into the world.
Wherever you find yourself in this week, I give thanks to God for your witness, for indeed the world is our parish. Wherever in the world you find yourself today, may you be faithful to God who calls as we respond together in love.