NEW YEAR GREETINGS FROM THE CONNEXIONAL PRESIDENT
I greet all Methodists warmly and in the name of Christ as the transition is made from 2011 to 2012.
I know that memories of 2011 will not be easily erased. Some persons regard it as a year of blessings, perhaps because of opportunities of advancement in education or career that may have come their way, or on account of success in business undertakings or in some other aspect of life.
I am equally aware that for several persons 2011 was one of mixed blessings due to sad incidents that might have taken place: economic woes; tragedy that struck close home; severe illness; loved ones who departed this present life. We have had several occasions of bereavement within the ranks of the clergy. My deepest sympathies are extended to all who have in any way been seriously affected. Know that the Christ who bore pain and suffering during His sojourn on earth identifies with you.
The year 2012 lies before us as an adventure waiting to be explored. We do not know what is in store for each one of us, hence it is all the more important that you and I lean heavily upon the One who knows. The omnipotent and omniscient God, who declared divine presence in Jesus the Christ, offers to hold our hand as we move forward into the unknown. Let us accept this gracious invitation, so that we may be guided and directed by the Holy Spirit.
Connexional Conference will convene in May 2012. This is when I will relinquish my duties as Connexional President. I take this opportunity to thank the people called Methodist for their prayers that sustained me and my colleagues throughout these nine years in office. It has been a pleasure serving in this capacity. I look forward to the new Connexional year (2012-2013) when I will accept the invitation of the Jamaica District to continue serving God in a different capacity within the MCCA.
May the faith that has sustained us over the years, be ever with us, keeping us firm in the love of God! Whatever the future has, we will glorify the name of the One who sent Jesus Christ to declare God's abiding presence now and until the close of the age.