AC 2020 Letter from Bishop Fairley
Kentucky Annual Conference
December 8 - 9, 2020
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
One West RiverCenter Blvd.
Covington, KY 41011
KNOW THE HOPE, SHOW THE HOPE!!!!
Welcome to the 2020 of The Kentucky Annual Conference session of the United Methodist Church. We gather as a people who are not without hope because our hope is rooted in the Advent of He who has come and is yet to come.
In the Advent of Jesus Christ, all history has been wrapped up in the garment of redemption, salvation, and reconciliation. Therefore, we gather not in bitterness, fear, or anxiety about tomorrow because we believe He, who holds all our tomorrows, has and will come. In the coming Advent of Christ Jesus, we have been gifted with a HOPE that will not ultimately disappoint. As long as hope is alive, life cannot get us down. We will not snap nor wilt under the pressure of change but
thrive in the possibility of birthing something new.
Where hope exists, no night can be complete. As we gather to celebrate how Christ has been revealed in our midst and across our Annual Conference, we do so acknowledging that Hope fills the heart with joy even when our hearts are breaking. This is a hope that gives us an invincible spirit. “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” –Proverbs 23: 18 ESV. As we prepare to gather for Annual Conference in the midst of possible change, may we do so in the spirit of our scriptural theme passage from I Peter 1:13 NRSV:
“Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your
hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.”
I pray that even in this season of deep and oftentimes frightening change, we, as a people of God, will be prepared to truly “KNOW THE HOPE, SHOW THE HOPE.”
Even in what appears to be the darkest of nights, we celebrate what God has done and what God will do. May we cling tenaciously, boldly, and audaciously to the HOPE, which God has promised in the return of our once‐again‐coming King. Advent is indeed a time to Know the Hope and Show the Hope in how we live, always practicing the “already but not yet.”
Leonard E. Fairley