LaGrange District

 

 

Have you ever heard of the term “Holy Hilarity”?

Frederick Beuchner, one of the most famous modern day theologians, has said that as much as anything, what finally made him turn his life over to God was something that the preacher George Buttrick said in a sermon. Buttrick said that every time Jesus is crowned King within someone's heart, this wonderful moment takes place amid "confessions, and tears, and great laughter." Buechner says that it was the joy of that last item, the "great laughter" that caused him to want to have this “holy hilarity” in his own heart.

I love that idea of holy hilarity. Until last month, I didn’t think it likely that I would experience much holy hilarity in my role as a D.S. In fact, I believed that this fall season was going to be dreary because fall means Charge Conferences. I don’t know many people who look forward to those.

You can imagine my surprise, then, when I was wrong. It has been great to be with the people of the Lagrange District in Charge Conferences. The difference must have something to do with the way we conduct Charge Conferences here—as connection groups, with 8 churches in each Conference. Our gatherings have been, dare I say, fun?!

We begin with uplifting worship, followed by the business. I think it is accurate to say that the hilarity begins in anticipation of what the rookie DS will trip up on next! I do not disappoint! That’s no problem for me, and here’s why: people here are kind, ready to join in the process, laugh with me and help me through. We laugh as we work together, finding our way. Little mistakes happen, and mysteriously, the atmosphere lightens as acceptance of one another replaces protectiveness of ourselves. It is freeing!

Following the business and the laughter, would it surprise you to hear that testimonies brought forward souls that are more open? One dear soul shared confession, followed by another who shared his tears—tears of grief. And soon, once again, we shared tears of joy and more laughter. A Full circle.

Jesus said: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” Luke 6:21.

Believe it or not, I look forward to the rest of our Charge Conferences. I anticipate more “Holy Hilarity” with you.

Yours in Christ,

Susan

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Superintendent


Susan Landry
(706) 882-3343
susan.gary.landry@ngumc.net
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Administrative Assistant

Denise Wilson
(706) 882-3343
lagr@ngumc.net

Contact Information

200 Church Street
LaGrange, GA 30240

(706) 882-3343 Phone
(706) 882-5369 Fax

lagr@ngumc.net
http://www.ngumc.org/lagr