Bishop Ward uses the image of the vine and the branches from John 15:5 (this week’s Lectionary Gospel reading) to share some thoughts on the Methodist appointive system.
Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches.”
These beautiful candlesticks in Dixon Chapel are lovely reminders of the vine, the branches, the leaves, the interconnectedness of God’s people with God. John Wesley said of these verses in the Gospel of John that we are connected with one another through a vine of living faith.
This week, the Transitions Seminar will be offered for pastors who are moving to new appointments in June and for Pastor-Parish Committees, who are the elected group in every congregation, to support and help the pastor in the pastoral ministry. The Transitions Seminar has become an annual event, well-attended, much energy, as we together consider the healthiest ways to say good-bye, to say hello, to say thank you, and to say welcome.
Clergy in the United Methodist heritage have been appointed to their places of work. In this way, the entire economy of the Annual Conference is considered, the gifts of the churches, the mission of the churches, the community contexts in which the congregations exist, and the gifts and graces that we see in the clergy.
Along with the Cabinet, I do appointive work, hoping to match well, pastors with mission fields and congregations. Thank you for your prayers as together, we live this wonderful scripture.
Jesus is the vine; we are the branches. We are indeed, connected in living faith.