Prayer is central to our lives and our relationship with God and neighbor. Join Bishop Sandra in this Advent and Christmas prayer journey - you will be blessed!
The Arts, music, and creativity are a gift each of us has inside of us. An unbreakable gift that brings joy to so many!
Today Bishop Sandra lifts up the creativity that is breaking out all over and encourages us all to explore how we may explore these gifts from God.
Today Bishop Sandra lifts up and prays for, by name, the traditionally African American churches across the West Virginia Conference, their leaders, and other African American pastoral leaders. We are so grateful for their ministry and mission among us!
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Today Bishop Sandra shares The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer and invites us to join her in these words:
Begin your New Year with Bishop Sandra as we pray for 2021 and all that is ahead of us.
Bishop Sandra reminds us that as we approach the New Year in faith, we get to be a part of a new song, a song of hope, new life, and light!
The 12 Days of Christmas give us an opportunity to give thanks and to dream dreams.
Bishop Sandra visits the New Vision Depot and shares how big dreams continue to become a reality at one of our United Methodist mission projects.
This morning Bishop Sandra shares one of her favorite nativity crèches - take note of Mary and Joseph, and the stable too! Through these simple pieces of art, the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, AND resurrection can be told.
What is your favorite piece of Christmas art? What stories does it tell you about Jesus and our world?
He is Born!!
Advent gives way to the 12 Days of Christmas! This is a day full of opportunities to share the joy of Christ with everyone you meet...we are blessed to be a blessing!
Merry Christmas! Bishop Sandra shares the story of the birth of Jesus from Luke 2.
Join her in lighting the Christ candle as we celebrate the birth of Christ!
Bishop Sandra invites us into her home to see some of the nativity crèches that she has collected over the years and she reflects on the miracle of Jesus' birth AND the multiplication of his teachings to and through cultures around the world.
Miracles, hope, the promise of new life...are all part of this morning's Advent prayer. How can you help someone discover that they are indeed a child of God?
You never know where your journey with Jesus might take you, but if you’re walking with God you’re on your way to gaining wisdom.
Today Bishop Sandra explores Proverbs 3 and God’s invitation and call for us to grow in wisdom.
Bishop Sandra shares this morning's Advent reflection at a prayer labyrinth. Walking a prayer labyrinth is similar to our own journey of Walking with Jesus: with a beginning and an end, twists, and turns, and companions along the way.
Today you're invited to ponder, meditate on how you can walk more closely with Jesus - and along the same lines, how can you invite someone else to walk more closely with Jesus?
This morning Bishop Sandra lights the fourth of her home Advent candles - and reflects on 1 Thessalonians 5 - with special attention to the Apostle Paul's command to be patient.
What does patience have to do with Advent? Watch and pray along with Bishop Sandra this morning.
Using 1 Corinthians 12 as a text for reflection Bishop Sandra lifts up in prayer this day those who have the unbreakable gift of Administration, including our WVUMC Conference staff.
We give thanks for all who have the gift of administration - they are such an important part of the work of our church - from the local level all the way up to the conference center.
Who is it that you might write a thank you note to in this season of advent? Often they are not thanked enough for all that they do for us.
Bishop Sandra leads us in this morning's Advent candle lighting devotion with a reflection on humility and the connection between humility, joy, and love.
As you move into the new week, think about your relationships with others and ask yourself where you may need to be more humble: in your relationship with God and others.
Unfortunately, in this Advent season stories of loss are part of our reality. This is why it is so important for people of faith to witness to their faith, to share their stories of hope and trust in God.
Bishop Sandra challenges us all to work on our witness so that we may be a bridge for those who are facing loss. We pray, this day, for all who are facing job loss or have had their lives turned upside down in other ways.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
Bishop Sandra visits New Vision Depot and invites us to pray for our Disaster Recovery Team, and for all of those who provide team support and share the unbreakable gift of hospitality.
To learn more about the work of our Disaster Response and Recovery teams and New Vision Depot please visit our website: https://www.wvumc.org/disaster-response/
Bishop Sandra shares this morning's reflection from her home office - and invites us to consider this Advent season as a time to reflect on those gifts that can not break. Gifts that are given by the Spirit.
These spiritual gifts give us a foundation for transformation, and the exciting thing is that these gifts of the Spirit work in and through us, and others, to bring about new life!
On this World Aids Day we are invited to pray for those who live with HIV/Aids, those who have died from HIV/Aids, and those medical workers who care for a variety of illnesses and ailments.
Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility. Follow this link to learn more.
Today Bishop Sandra prays for musicians and the gift of music. Despite the restrictions placed on in person singing, music is a gift to be shared and a wonderful way to praise God.
Bishop Sandra shares some passages of scripture that lift up music, and musicians.
"I want to Walk as a Child of the Light..."
Today is the first Sunday of Advent and for most of us this Advent season is going to look very different - and yet, we can still celebrate advent anywhere... perhaps the bigger question is: How will we prepare for this season?
Are we ready to focus on forgiveness, sharing love, and self-examination so that we may all walk together better with Jesus?