Fasting unto the Lord

From the Bishop’s Blog.

During the Season of Lent, the church is called to a time of holy introspection, fasting and prayer.  We are to contemplate the life and example of Jesus, hold our life up against his, and make some honest assessments.

Through that process, a time of repentance and change for the better is the hope, but none of this sounds particularly enjoyable. In our society self-abasement, guilt and personal accountability are increasingly counter-cultural…

Bishop Johnson one of 16 U.S. bishops planning to retire

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson has announced her plans to retire after the Northeastern Jurisdictional (NEJ) Conference. “I have prayerfully considered this decision,” Bishop Johnson wrote in an open letter Feb. 13, “and I feel that it is in the best interest of the church and my family not to take another episcopal assignment in order to continue serving until 2024 (my mandatory retirement date).” 

Observing a Long Lent

It is difficult to believe that the Season of Lent is upon us once again. It seems like it was just Christmas. I continue to receive delayed Christmas cards every day; so it still feels like the holiday season….

Confluence on Inauguration Day

The word “inauguration” (New Oxford Dictionary) means, “The beginning or introduction of a system, policy or period; the formal admission of someone to office; a ceremony to mark the beginning …

Wise Worshipers

Sermon Outline for Epiphany Sunday, January 3, 2021 By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson Text: Matthew 2:1-12                                        After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, during the time of King Herod, …