Bible Study Invites Us to Breathe Together


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ:

I greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ. I pray that these Lenten days are proving to be a blessing to you through worship, prayer, study, contemplation and service. I join you in focusing renewed attention on the life, and passion of our savior Christ as we prepare for the feast of Easter.

Speaking of Easter allow me to look ahead for a moment. To conspire is to breathe together. I want to invite you to conspire with me and your sister and brother United Methodists across the Illinois Great Rivers Conference by engaging a six-week study of the biblical book the Acts of the Apostles during the 50 Great Days (Easter to Pentecost).

Some months ago I asked our Director of Connectional Ministries, Rev. Kent Lolling to dream with me about the possibility of a conference wide Bishops’ Bible Study. After some musing over a period of weeks we settled on The Acts of the Apostles. At my behest Brother Kent proceeded to assemble a team of persons to develop the study with an emphasis on the great themes of the book, Wesley, the mission of the church and the Four Areas of Focus. I believe they have done a remarkable job. The study will provide any group and person that engages it an opportunity to grow in knowledge and devotion.

The study will be available in a downloadable form on the conference website by March 1. I hope that you will join me in this study so that we can draw closer to God, to one another and to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. During this year’s Annual Conference we will take time to acknowledge those congregations that have done the study. If you are not able to participate in the study during the 50 Great Days do not fret. Schedule it when you can because the message is timeless. Whenever and however let’s start breathing together a prayer that asks the Holy Spirit to breathe on us anew.

Your servant in Jesus Christ,
Gregory V. Palmer