Spiritual Preparation for Annual Conference in Greensboro

By Andy Murray

Annual Conference 2016 will be held in Greensboro, N.C., on June 29-July 3, on the theme, “Carry the Light.”

In his Lenten devotional, “Let Us Also Go,” Chris Bowman summons us for a challenging journey that leads through the darkness of Good Friday to the Light of Easter Sunday. It is a good reminder that for Christians to “carry the light” we must also prepare ourselves with confession, prayer, and discipline that acknowledges the darkness that surrounds us and, at times, occupies us.

I ask that Brethren who will support Conference as delegates, attendees, or prayer partners do two things in preparation for our time together. The first is to use the 40 days of Lent as a special time of reflection and to follow a daily discipline of prayer and devotion. For this purpose, Brother Bowman has prepared a rewarding guide. If you do not already have it, you can order it or download it from Brethren Press (go to www.brethrenpress.com or call 800-441-3712).

The second is to join Christians worldwide on Pentecost for a day of prayer and fasting. You will hear more about this as Pentecost draws near. For now, join me in a Lenten passage from darkness to Light.

— Andy Murray is moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference.