FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR.
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
A big thanks to you, South Georgia, for the various ways you have shown your love to Rose and me. It was really special you identified a time during our conferencing to acknowledge our last eight years together.
The celebration of our ministry with you was the icing on the cake and we are very grateful for your love, encouragement, and support. After receiving more than we could ask for you have given more than we expected. All of us are children of God and by grace receive more upon more. Rose and I felt the presence of God through the numerous expressions of kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Rose has been an awesome helpmate, and your love and support of her has been a tremendous blessing. Yes, we have received from you more upon more, and again we say, “Thank YOU!!!”
South Georgia, you have shown tremendous respect for the office of Bishop. We join the episcopal families who have gone before us as witnesses to your love of God through the church and its supervisory personnel.
Many of you have commented on the way our theme “Testify and Multiply” flowed throughout every aspect of annual conference. The spirit of annual conference was rich with a positive and enthusiastic hopefulness. There were so many moments of inspiration. Which moment stands out the most for you? You set some lofty goals and it is good to remember that all things are possible with God when you believe.
South Georgia, you are one of the best kept secrets in The United Methodist Church. When I think of you as pastors, laity, congregations, and agencies, the response is a natural, “Wow!”
As you enjoy your summer, please continue to pray for Jurisdictional Conferences that will be meeting all over the country. Especially remember the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference as it elects five new bishops. My prayerful hope is that God’s anointed persons will be elected and assigned to their anointed places.
With my retirement being imminent, South Georgia will receive a new bishop. Surely, this is a time of excitement and hope. I often think of David who was anointed by Samuel and assigned to be the next king of Israel. We may not know who will be elected and where they will be assigned, but God knows. Our job remains the same: pray, trust, and stay busy by working in your divine lane.
I’m tweeting messages to encourage you! Read them at www.twitter.com/BishopJamesKing.
In addition to sharing thoughts and photos on Twitter and my blog I’m now sharing devotional thoughts called My Devotional Takeaway.
Read our Advocate (www.sgaumc.org/advocate), follow me as I tweet at www.twitter.com/BishopJamesKing, or visit my blog at www.bishopking.org.
Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike world.
James R. King, Jr.