Bishop Ward welcomes people to be engaged in this year’s annual conference.
Bishop Ward reminds us to give thanks and praise for the many blessings God has created on the earth, as we move towards summer.
Bishop Ward describes the scenes at Pentecost – wind, fire, different ethnic groups and languages. The United Methodist Church today is a global church of many races, languages, ages, and ethnic groups.
Bishop Ward and Gateway District Superintendent, Sam Wynn, have a conversation about the Native American Ministries special offering and the historic contributions of Native American people in the life of The United Methodist Church, particularly in the North Carolina Conference.
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.
Bishop Ward comments on Jesus’ observation in the Gospel of John that there are still sheep that are not in the fold. We should be about welcoming all into the flock of the Good Shepherd.
Bishop Ward reminds us of the $1 million Annual Conference goal for Imagine No Malaria and encourages us to be active on World Malaria Day (April 25) raising money to eradicate malaria.
Just as Christ was walking with the men to Emmaus, Bishop Ward reminds us that no matter the situation, the risen Christ never leaves us.
The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!