Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

Approaching Thanksgiving

Approaching Thanksgiving

“I will give thanks to the Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 9:1-2 (NIV)  I love the season of autumn. The colors, the sunrise, the retrieval of sweaters and jackets for the brisk mornings and cool evenings. It is a time of shortened daylight and ...

An Open Letter to all senators and congressional leaders from Indiana

An Open Letter to all senators and congressional leaders from Indiana

Dear Senator, I am a registered voter residing in Noblesville, Indiana. More importantly, I am a parent, concerned citizen, and lover of peace and freedom. I write you as a one who prays for you and your leadership on behalf of this country. As Bishop of The United Methodist Church of ...

Mother Earth is Angry

Mother Earth is Angry

Mother Earth is Angry Mother Earth is Angry   Earthquakes and storms   Not once but again and again   The hottest day ever   Wildfires and droughts   Wildlife gives witness   That climate change is real   Mother Earth is angry   And we are too busy   Too busy to confess   Too busy to ...

Praying for Vegas and for an End to Gun Violence

Praying for Vegas and for an End to Gun Violence

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”–Matthew 5:9 Brothers and Sisters, There are thousands of people offering their thoughts and prayers to the community of Las Vegas and families in the aftermath as we all process the violence of Sunday evening’s ...

Praying for Vegas and an End to Gun Violence

Praying for Vegas and an End to Gun Violence

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” –Matthew 5:9 Brothers and Sisters, There are thousands of people offering their thoughts and prayers to the community of Las Vegas and families in the aftermath as we all process the violence of Sunday evening’s ...

Message: A call to prayer in the face of storms

Message: A call to prayer in the face of storms

Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, a Methodist minister, and gospel music composer wrote in one of his most notable hymns, which is featured in our United Methodist Hymnal, “When the storms of life are raging stand by me."   Dear Beloved,  As the world looks to offer thoughts, prayers for ...

Steadfast in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Steadfast in prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Brothers and Sisters,  As Hurricane, now turned Tropical Storm Harvey continues to plow through the southern United States, we will continue to be steadfast in prayer.  Harvey has made landfall for the second time and is now, in addition to Texas, targeting Louisiana with unprecedented ...

Reflections from the Ministers March for Justice

Reflections from the Ministers March for Justice

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?     Micah 6:8 (NRSV) Today I've joined ministry colleagues and other faith leaders in Washington, D.C. to march with ...

A Call for Christian civility and justice

A Call for Christian civility and justice

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters — God said, "Let there be light." And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the ...

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