January 26th // St Andrew UMC
9:00 Gather; 9:30 to 3:00 Program
(Required for all clergy under appointment)
As we begin a new year in ministry you are invited to gather as a connection that is culturally diverse and serving a world that is increasingly diverse. We gather to admit and lament our division. We gather to listen, to speak, to sing, to pray. We gather to respect our differences, to embrace our common humanity and to commit ourselves to movement toward transformation. As in past years, we will immerse ourselves in worship and the liturgical practices that remind us of who we are and to whom we belong as we listen for God’s Spirit patiently calling us to unity. In Ephesians 2:14 we read that Christ is "our peace," breaking down the "dividing wall…the hostility between us."
I look forward to seeing you there, as we begin 2017 with a renewed covenant and a renewed commitment to leadership that can help us to build and maintain effective relationships across a variety of cultural settings.