Bishop Ward invites your prayers for the Unity Dialogue on April 2nd in this Connections video.
“Out of the depths I cry unto You. O Lord, hear my voice, pay attention to my supplication. If You, O God, should mark iniquity, who could stand before You, but You are to be feared. So I’ll wait for You, more than those who watch for the morning. Hope in the Lord.”
These beautiful words from Psalm 130 are appointed for this next Sunday, late in Lent, and today, on April 1, with flowers bursting in bloom all around us, we give thanks for the Lenten journey.
Tomorrow, on April 2, from 11 to 1, we will continue a journey of dialogue in the heart of the North Carolina Annual Conference. About 14 years ago, Bishop Marion Edwards convened a dialogue so that we might speak together across differences of opinion on the matter of human sexuality.
And for these 14 years, we have continued to dialogue, to come together and to speak from our hearts, to look into the scriptures, to consider the changing world around us, and the timeless word of God in our midst.
I invite your prayers for the Unity Dialogue tomorrow, as we continue this work in our life together. Over 75 people will be present in Garner and you’re invited to come, to join in this conversation.
Across the United Methodist Church where there are strong differences of opinion, our Annual Conference has demonstrated the capacity to remain at the table, seeking a unity which is not uniformity, rather unity as the gift of God in Christ to us.
We receive the gift of unity if we live as this Psalm invites us. “If You, O God, should mark iniquity, who of us could stand, but there is forgiveness with You that You may be feared.”