District | North East

 

Greetings North East District

September 2021

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30

My cell phone rings.  I answer, and the voice on the other end says, “I’m so sorry to put you in this position, but I’m so tired, and I simply cannot do this anymore.  I feel guilty because I know God has called me to this ministry, but I’m exhausted.”  This call did not come from just one individual.  It has come from multiple part-time pastors at different times during the past year, most of whom have other fulltime jobs while they faithfully serve our smaller churches every weekend.  They are exhausted from the extra layers of responsibility, conflict, and discord created by the pandemic, our denominational issues, and a growing emphasis on self-love/concern/convenience rather than love of neighbor. 

To each of them, I have reminded them of God’s invitation to Sabbath rest which allows for restoration, renewal, and re-creation.  It is not a sin (or an inconvenience to one’s DS!) to rest, to take a break, in order to regain strength and perspective.  For when we rest, we realize that we are not responsible for making the world go round.  Someone else oversees that!  When we rest, we remember that we are yoked in partnership with God’s purpose and priorities.  When we rest, we remember that our allegiance is to God, not to every individual opinion that is laid upon us.  When we rest, our souls are redirected to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

I believe much of the conflict and discord we are experiencing proceeds directly from our collective exhaustion.  Jesus stands before us and issues the invitation to rest in him, to remember he is in the yoke beside us, to remember who we are and whose we are.

May we truly honor and enter Sabbath (with no excuses for doing so), so that we might be a place of rest for others.

Peace and grace,

Alice

District Superintendent

Alice Rogers
(770) 536-2586
alice.rogers@ngumc.net

 

Administrative Assistant

Holley Butkovich
(770) 536-2586
northeast@ngumc.net

Contact Information

343 Northside Drive  
Gainesville, GA 30501  

(770) 536-2586 Phone
(770) 536-7188 Fax

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