The Final Encounter

Bishops Deborah Lieder Kiesey and Marcus Matthews raise their hands in prayer during the May 3 evening music at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. is decorated in deep red. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry

Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey’s sermon, for the Thursday evening worship service, was entitled, “The Final Encounter.”

Scripture: John 21:1-10; 12a; 15


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  1. Dick

    Bishop Kiesey reminds us in a passionate sermon what the main thing is. The main thing is Jesus Christ and the call to feed the Lord’s sheep. I am reminded of a phrase in a prayer from The Common Book of Prayer – “God of peace you have taught us that in returning and rest we will be saved. In quietness and confidence is our strength.” Bishop Kiesey calls us to return to the Lord of the Church and listen carefully “throw your nets on the other side.” Trust me. Be quiet. Listen.

  2. DeLette Winkelman

    Preach it, Bishop Deb! Thanks.

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