On Friday, November 2, 165 delegates from around the world gathered at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, for the first Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Rev. Carolyn Moore, pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans, Georgia, and Vice Chair of the WCA Council, opened the assembly with a challenging and hopeful message, “No Fear.”
Grounding her message in Paul’s declaration to Timothy – “You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7), Carolyn challenged the delegates to access the power, love and self-discipline which is the gospel. Referring to God’s call to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Carolyn called for an Abrahamic faith. “Faith is a decision to believe when it doesn’t make sense, accompanied by a love so fierce that nothing can compromise it,” she declared.
Noting that many are tired and discouraged amidst the conflict in The United Methodist Church, Carolyn observed, “This storm will pass. The dust will settle. The wind will blow. The batteries will recharge. But while we wait, let the waiting sanctify us. Pray for the quality of your faith, pray for God to break your heart for the people who break his heart, pray for your own spiritual discipline (or perhaps confess the lack of it), and pray that we will persevere well, with integrity.”
The opening worship service of the Global Legislative Assembly concluded with every delegate in prayer, many on their knees, crying out to God and then singing of the great hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.”