FROM THE BISHOP
R. LAWSON BRYAN
Thank you, South Georgia Conference, for the warm welcome you have given us. Sherrill and I will forever be grateful for the cards, letters, prayers, visits, and delicious food with which you have sustained us in this transition. From the laity and clergy in our local churches and extension ministries to the district superintendents and the conference staff, you have surrounded us with amazing grace and extravagant generosity.
As Paul said to the church in Ephesus, God is uniting all things in Christ and for that purpose God has made us “alive together in Christ” (Ephesians 2:5). That verse certainly fits the South Georgia Conference where the vitality we have experienced testifies to the fact that we are alive together in Christ.
We look forward to meeting with the laity and clergy of each district in the weeks ahead. The purpose of these gatherings is to give us an opportunity to connect with each other in a very personal way. The focus will be the same for both the clergy gathering and the laity gathering. I will share some personal background information about our family and our faith journey. There will also be a question and answer period. I will take some time to lead us in exploring what it means to be “alive together in Christ.” You will have the opportunity to share ways in which you see God working in your district.
For now, here are some reflection questions to help us prepare for the district gatherings:
- When was a time in the past year that you felt genuinely alive in Christ?
- What were you doing?
- How can you get more of that sense of being truly alive?
- What is God blessing in your church? Your district? Our annual conference?
Please pray for me and for Sherrill. Be assured that we are praying for you. Now to the One who by the power at work in us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Alive Together in Christ,