Bishop Ward reminds us of how the angels came and sang to the shepherds about a child’s birth and introduces the denominational goal of reaching 1 million children with lifesaving health interventions in the next quadrennium.
Update: The video above states an incorrect denominational goal of reaching 10,000 children. The goal is 1 million children and this number is now reflected in the transcript below.
Grace and peace to you in this joyous season of Advent.
This beautiful Haitian Nativity panel is a representation of the shepherds startled by the heavenly host. The versions that we have used say they were sore afraid or greatly afraid or very startled by the angels’ appearance. The angels sing of a child who is born and who lies in a manger and they immediately leave their flocks and go and fall down to worship this child.
Jesus Christ, in coming to us a little child, thereby sanctifies all childhood in Him. Those beautiful words coming to us from a wise and gifted writer help us focus on children in our midst who bear the image of Christ.
The United Methodist Church, globally, has a wonderful goal of reaching 1 million children with lifesaving interventions in the next quadrennium, helping children have abundant life, what they need for health: mental health, spiritual health, physical health.
In the North Carolina Annual Conference, we partner with the Western North Carolina Annual Conference in Congregations for Children. We are already committed to engaging with children in our communities.
Thank you for being on the forefront of this movement to love children well and to help them wherever they are. We, like the shepherds long ago, continue to be awakened to God’s great plan for us. In this season, we hear the singing of the angels, “Rejoice, be glad.” Indeed we are.