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Friday, Jan 22, 2021
Day 7: Growing in unity  “I am the vine, you are the branches”   (Jn 15:5a) 1 Cor 1:10-13; 3:21-23 | Is Christ divided?  Jn 17:20-23 | As you and I are one    Meditation  On the eve of his death, Jesus prayed for the unity of those the Father gave him: “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe”. Joined to him, as a branch is to the vine, we share the same sap that circulates among us and vitalizes us. Each tradition seeks... continue reading
Friday, Jan 22, 2021
Day 6: Welcoming others  “Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last”   (Jn 15:16b)  Gen 18:1-5 | Abraham hosts the angels at the Oak of Mamre  Mk 6:30-44 | Jesus’ compassion for the crowds   Meditation  When we let ourselves be transformed by Christ, his love in us grows and bears fruit. Welcoming the other is a concrete way of sharing the love that is within us.  Throughout his life, Jesus welcomed those he met. He listened to them and let... continue reading
Friday, Jan 22, 2021
Day 5: Letting oneself be transformed by the Word  “You have already been pruned by the word…”  (Jn 15:3)  Deut 30:11-20 | The word of God is very close to you  Mt 5:1-12 | Blessed are you   Meditation  The Word of God is very close to us. It is a blessing and a promise of happiness. If we open our hearts, God speaks to us and patiently transforms that which is dying in us. He removes that which prevents the growth of real life, just as t... continue reading
Thursday, Jan 21, 2021
Day 4: Praying together  “I do not call you servants any longer… but I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15)  Rom 8:26-27 | The Spirit helps us in our weakness  Lk 11:1-4 | Lord, teach us to pray   Meditation  God thirsts for relationship with us. He searches for us as he searched for Adam, calling to him in the garden: “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9)  In Christ, God came to meet us. Jesus lived in prayer, intimately united to his Father, while... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021
The demands of ministry are ever-changing. During a global pandemic and deep polarization in our country, it can feel like the demands are multiplying in front of you. At the very same time, you’re continuing to learn new ways of being in ministry and you’re caring for the health and safety of one another. And that’s where remembering your purpose comes in. It’s also where you might feel like the only thing you need and the last thing you have is focus. In our... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
Day 3: Forming one body  “Love one another as I have loved you”;  (Jn 15:12b)  Col 3:12-17 | Clothe yourself with compassion  Jn 13:1-15; 34-35 | Love one another   Meditation  On the eve of his death, Jesus knelt to wash the feet of his disciples. He knew the difficulty of living together and the importance of forgiveness and mutual service. “Unless I wash you,” he said to Peter, “you have no share with me.”  Peter received Jesus at his... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has named Brad Aycock as director of Fresh Starts and New Beginnings. He has served on the conference staff for the last 5 years as the Director of New Church Development. This new role is intended to add to the training and resourcing needs of new and established churches. In this new position, Aycock will staff the Missional Church Development Team. He will continue to lead our efforts in New Church Development and Fresh Expressions.... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
          Knowing how to navigate the church in a pandemic is a challenge. Adapting and improving the way we lead during this season is a must. Bishop Gregory Palmer’s leadership clinics are live, online opportunities to give you access to leadership insights from local, national, and global leaders. These proven influencers will challenge and inspire you, regardless of your title or position. You’ll have the opportunity not only to hear from these leaders, bu... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
West Ohio work teams plan to return to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY, in the spring and summer of 2021. The SOWER Home Build Program allows teams to construct an entire house from the foundation up over the course of six weeks. Cost is $250 per volunteer, which covers room and board for one week. Funds and pledges are also needed to cover the cost of materials. The build schedule is below: May 2-8: Framing/roof truss/roof deck May 9-15: Roofing/siding/i... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
When four Canaanville UMC members attended a West Ohio Conference Early Response Team training in 2017, they didn’t know what God had in store for them. Soon after becoming certified, the team was called out to do flood relief cleanup after the February 2018 flood in Marietta, Ohio. Six members helped clean out damaged drywall, appliances, and cabinets from the home of a family who had no flood insurance. Excited by this work, more Canaanville members became ER... continue reading