216th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference

June 12—13, 2015

   The Annual Meeting is one of those rare opportunities to gather together with brothers and sisters of faith from places beyond our local church setting.  We experience something of the breadth and depth of the Body of Christ—and know that we are part of something Big!  Come to re-connect with friends, for the conversations, the worship, fellowship, and the business of the Conference.  Come to learn and to be inspired by dynamic preaching.  Come to celebrate, worship and be joyful together!

Theme:

The New Revised Standard Version of 2 Corinthians 4:7 tells us:  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come for us.”

Eugene Peterson’s The Message adds some insight through its interpretation of these words.

“If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness.  We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.  That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.  As it is, there’s not much chance of that.  You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at.”

It is both a humble and an encouraging reminder to us.  We are the clay and God is the potter.  By ourselves we are ordinary, fragile, vulnerable, unadorned, simple and perfect in our imperfection.  And, yet, within that ordinary imperfection we carry something extraordinary and incomparable:  the grace and compassion of God’s love.

Our  Annual Meeting will be shaped by this theme.  You will hear stories of the extraordinary power of God at work in our fragile and ordinary churches.  You will hear how it transforms lives.  You will encounter how our brokenness carries the healing fot he broken lives and broken world around us.

Our keynote presenter, Nadia Bolz-Weber (author of Pastrix), will challenge us to open ourselves to the shaping of  God’s hands and the binding heat of God’s kiln.  This will be echoed throughout the business, worship and fellowship of our time together. In all the ordinary and extraordinary moments.