I so look forward to our denomination’s Annual Conference each year! It is a gathering of all United Methodist churches in our Great Plains Conference. Each church sends their appointed clergy and their Lay Member(s) to Annual Conference to represent them on voting matters. Retired clergy also attend, as they are able.
So Annual Conference is really a lot like a family reunion. We get to see many that we’ve come to know over the years, but don’t get a chance to connect with as we used to. Like friends from seminary. Or friends from United Methodist Women gatherings. Or youth events. Or camp. Or mission trips. So I really look forward to Annual Conference.
But I’m not enjoying as much this year the “getting ready to leave for Annual Conference.” And I don’t think it’s because of the 4-hour drive. I don’t think it’s necessarily because of any voting or discussion that will be before us. I don’t even think it’s because I’m not packed yet. Although the unpacked bags could be a factor …
It may simply be because life is full. But now the bills are paid through another week. Sunday details have been communicated to our guest preacher. The ripening cherries now have netting over them, to the best of our abilities. Sunday’s bulletin is nearly done. Important conversations with the one who washes and waxes my car, and checks the fluid levels and the air in the tires before I leave.
There are a couple more things to tackle before I get packed and head on down the road. A favor for a friend that will help her move from contract labor to employment, and obtain health insurance for her family in the process. And another conversation with the one who misses me when I’m gone.
Lord of All, may we have all the time we need to accomplish that which is important. And may we be sure to do those things that are vitally important to our souls, to the well-being of others, and for the healing of the world. Amen.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.