Pastoral Pondering – 5-3-2016

Good morning everyone!  I pray today is another day where you are looking for ways to serve God and extend God’s kingdom in tangible ways. I know God is speaking to each of us and we need to attend our ear to hear the words God is speaking today.

As I have mentioned before I am recently back from a trip to England and since coming back I have begun a fervent season of prayer for the delegates and alternates selected by our annual conference to attend our General Conference in Portland, Oregon. The General Conference sessions begin on May 10th and there will be much debate and a need for theological and spiritual discernment on the part of our delegates. Now, many of you on this list are not part of the United Methodist Church and may be asking yourselves why should you care.  The reason I believe you should care is the direction we in the Untied Methodist Church take could more than likely be an indicator of where the church in general is heading as we press forward in this next quadrennium. As the church (all who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord) we need to be listening to the voice of God. Read the following words from Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 7:23 “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.”

What I am asking is that you join me in this season of prayer for the delegates and alternates of our annual conference specifically but all of the over 830 delegates that will gather in Portland that they will listen for the voice of God speaking to them through the rhetoric and the perhaps heated debate that could happen. Let there be a peace filled discussion of the future of the church related to all of the discussion. Also, I ask that you make your prayers personal. I am listing our delegate names below. Please take time every day to mention their names specifically as I will be.

We need to be the church and this means we need to be praying and supporting one another in these days. We need to be a spirit of hope and the promise of peace, joy, and reconciliation in the world today. I am not only praying for these delegates but for all of you too.

God bless you all as we venture out into the world to give those we meet Christ!

 

Delegates

Gregory, Sharon J.

Park, Eric Stephen

Denardo, Nancy L.

Zilhaver, Robert Frank

Hoffman, Richard Christian

Dunn, Alyce Weaver

Morelli, Paul Michael

Wagner, Amy R.

Miller, Diane M.

Stahlman, Vicki Jean

Seth, John William

Meekins, William Bright

 

Reserves

Blystone, Donald Carlyle;

McPherson, Seth Ryan;

Whitehead, Tina Anne;

Chung, Sung Shik;

Geer, Faith Weston;

Cox, Gregory David;

Ward, Peggy Denise;

Bain, Randall William;

Schwanke, Kayla June;

Gottschalk, Stephanie Ruth;

Merrick, Tracy Reynolds

 

If you want more information about the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church check out this link:

http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/every-united-methodist-can-be-part-of-general-conference-2016?utm_source=email-JM013&utm_term=&utm_content=newsletter&utm_campaign=UMC-Announcements-UMCorgContent

 

or go to:

 

http://GC2016.UMC.org

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