The 144th Session of the North Georgia Annual Conference opened with worship and a sermon by Bishop B. Michael Watson. The service was led by Barbara Day Miller, a deacon in the North Georgia Conference and assistant dean of worship and music at Candler School of Theology.
Bishop Watson preached on Genesis 28:10-19, challenging members of the conference to wake up and see where God is moving in our land, in this place.
"Are you willing? Are you ready? Are you able?" he asked. "Because the power of the Holy Spirit is among us."
Bishop Watson identified many of the issues that can create barriers within the church, including differences in size, political leanings, finances, ethnicity, culture and social issues. “But Jesus Christ came to transcend all those barriers,” he said.
He emphasized our mission as United Methodists to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
"It is absolutely vital that we fulfill our mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ," said Bishop Watson. "God wants to do the extraordinary and tag -- you're it."
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