Bishop Ward encourages us to begin the new year in prayer for the North Carolina Conference and The United Methodist Church.
God is good to us. We are amply blessed, beyond what we can comprehend. In His wisdom, he has provided each of us with gifts, talents and abilities. No two of us are alike in our gifts, no two of us possess the same skills. We are instructed to discover, nurture and to USE our… Continue Reading→
The Shepherds and the Angels 8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for… Continue Reading→
Christmas is a beautiful and lasting gift. In this video, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward speaks of how grateful we are that love came down at Christmas.
Lord, so frequently in our life we lose sight of the things that matter. Help guide us between right and wrong, aiming us towards faithfulness and gratitude. Just as You were with the Israelites, both before they were freed from Egypt and after when they felt alone in the desert, You are with us too…. Continue Reading→
It is Christmas time. So we naturally feel generous in our hearts. Why is that? Is it because we are going to celebrate God’s gift to humanity? God gave us his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus was born unto a young girl who had not known a man. God’s son was born into this world of… Continue Reading→
Meditation: Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Isaiah 58:13-14, Mark 3:1-5 The Sabbath day is a reminder that all of life is given and meant to be received as a gift. The Sabbath is a holy time and space set aside for rest and for the re-creation of our bodies, minds and spirits. God didn’t create the… Continue Reading→
Psalm 118 Who taught you to be thankful? For most of us, it probably was our mother. “Say thank you” is a phrase that is often repeated by parents of young children. Why do we teach that? Is it just politeness? I think it’s more than that. Being thankful leads to a healthy attitude toward… Continue Reading→
As we approach the fourth Sunday of Advent, Bishop Ward encourages us to give generously to Hurricane Matthew relief and also to be in prayer as the Church enters a new year of mission and ministry.