Bishop Ward talks about the many ways we are engaged in ministry together in her latest Connections video.
“By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the deposit God has entrusted to you.” These words bless us across the years. Paul wrote them to Timothy long ago. I’m grateful this day for each of you – laity and clergy of the North Carolina Annual Conference – for the good gift that God has entrusted to us together.
In this week, there are many gatherings of leaders in our annual conference and I invite your prayers. The Connectional Table met yesterday in Garner, continuing to guide the journey forward of our annual conference and our shared ministry. Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, the Cabinet, the conference staff, the assistants to the district superintendents all meet here to work together, and to think and pray forward as we follow the Spirit’s leading.
Tomorrow, at mid-day, I hope you will come and be a part of a luncheon conversation on immigration, hosted by our conference Board of Church and Society.
Thursday, there is another opportunity to gather for a luncheon conversation, hosted by our Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. This conversation will focus on our ecumenical and interreligious partnerships.
That’s a lot and we give thanks to God for these numerous opportunities that illustrate for us the various ways, the myriad of ways that we are engaged in ministry together. We continue to embody in our churches, our districts, and our annual conference, the mission statement we share – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of this whole world, in every place through effective leaders and healthy congregations.
Thank you for the ways that you are giving witness to the light of Christ in your life. In II Timothy, Paul mentions twice the necessity of guarding the treasure entrusted to us. It is my prayer that this day, we will guard it well. God has entrusted to us great riches. May we hold those riches with integrity and thanksgiving this day and always.