Gathering of the Orders: Early Bird Discount Expires Sunday!
July 11, 2012
By the Rev. Susan Smith
Chairperson, Order of Deacons
Sunday (July 15, 2012) is the last day to register for the 2012 Gathering of the Orders, "The Living Water Lives in Us," and take advantage of the early bird discount.
Save $25 on any of three registration options by going to www.cnumc.org/register before end-of-day on Sunday and signing up to attend the Oct. 2-4 retreat.
Jesus gives us the good life. We live knowing that we are loved, worthy, and gifted. We enter the ministry fueled with kingdom purpose, guided by the Gospel message and supported by spiritual companions.
But clergy easily can get pulled apart by the demands of church, home, and calling. Our work for God can get bogged down by abundant expectations, ambitions, and conflict – so that we begin to feel distanced from the boldness of the Gospel. We take care of everyone else and neglect ourselves.
Be reminded of the good news! God's design is true and Christ's redemption is life giving. Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says." The living water lives in us, my friends.
In October, elders, deacons, and local pastors will gather in retreat to remember our gifts, to gain perspective, to learn tools for addressing the stressors of ministry, and to support and give courage to one another. We'll take a closer at the needs of our bodies, minds, and spirits. Our time together will also provide rest, re-creation, and companionship, so that Christ's living water again can flow freely through us.