Monumental Decisions At our April Bi-District Clergy meeting, Tom Berlin energized the crowd with his update on the Way Forward Commission. Tom was uncharacteristically upbeat about the future of the denomination, saying that he has hope for the first time in a long time. The process that the Commission is going through fascinated me. They started by ... Read More
Prayer, Providence, and Principles “By Your Spirit, make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at His heavenly banquet.” — from “The Great Thanksgiving” prayer in The United Methodist Hymnal
Last month this time, during the first week of April, our district ... Read More
Kairos Informational Dinner “ . . . I was in prison and you visited me.” – Matthew 25: 36
Kairos Prison Ministry is a lay-led, Christ-centered, and Holy Spirit inspired ministry that shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with incarcerated men, women, and youth. The Northern Virginia Kairos Prison Ministry team, serving the men’s prisons at ... Read More
Draw the Circle: Praying a Way Forward After reading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle, the Bi-District staff felt compelled to get a bit creative in how we would “do our part” for the prayer challenge for “A Way Forward” this week. We asked every church in the District to designate one day during which they would pray for the Commission on a ... Read More
Holy Week’s Perspective As we approach again our celebration of the most holy week in human history, we experience gratitude, humility, awe, wonder, reverence, penitence, adoration, conviction, encouragement, destitution, guilt, hope, and love. Our vocabulary reaches its limits as we seek to articulate the depths of how the divine grace engages our spirits.
The hymn writer asks, “What language ... Read More
By God’s Grace … and Thanks! God places us where He needs us.
Where has God placed you?
What has He given you to do?
Who has He placed in your life to care for in His name?
All that we are, all that we have, all that we are called to do is because of Him. We are His, His children, His agents to ... Read More