“Now Thank We All Our God with heart and hands and voices”
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Susquehanna Conference,
Grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, Healer of our Brokenness, and Hope of the World!
As we are entering in the Season of Thanksgiving, the above words from the hymn by Martin Rinkhart remind us that being thankful is not just about our heartfelt gratitude or a thankful verbal proclamation. Our whole being, including the work of our hands, is essential to living a truly thank-filled life.
As the Bishop of the Susquehanna Conference, one of the many things that I am so thankful for is the spirit of, passion for, and commitment to mission of our people. The number of people who are engaging in mission work continues to grow. You are hearing and responding to God’s call for justice, mercy and Christian service in your community and all over the world. Together with one another, you connect your hearts for mission to offering resources, voices of care, and labors of hands as you continue to send out mission work teams locally, nationally, and globally.
I want to thank God for 10 members of the Susquehanna Conference Full Cabinet that will leave Saturday, November 10 for 8 days of mission work. They are traveling to Puebla and Tlancualpican Mexico to support the United Methodist mission of Give Ye Them To Eat. While there they will learn about the culture and the Church in Mexico. Most importantly, they will work together building and repairing buildings and homes damaged by the terrible earthquake of last year as they use their hearts, hands, and voices to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to people there. Your prayers for the Cabinet mission team would be greatly appreciated.
During this Season of Thanksgiving, I invite every congregation to lift up what God is doing through the mission outreach of our church in prayers and thanksgiving. Let’s appreciate the countless number of lives touched, served, and transformed by our mission and pray that God will continue to inspire many more to send people or go themselves for mission.
Indeed, there are so many reasons for thanksgiving as our partnership in the Gospel in words and acts builds new relationships, brings healing and hope, and makes a difference. I give thanks to God for those who have given their time, talents and financial support to share the love of Christ in so many places. It is my joy and privilege to serve our beloved church among so many mission loving, mission giving, and mission engaging people in the Susquehanna Conference.
Thankfully and Blessings,