Tomorrow the quadrennial meeting of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference will formally begin. Today, Tuesday, July 17th, we are meeting as a College of Bishops (that is the bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction, both active and retired). Additionally various other groups are meeting (training for secretarial staff, Committees on Nominations and the Episcopacy). I ask your prayers for us as we gather and begin our business. May the kingdom of God be advanced by the work that is holy and spiritually discerning. May the Lord direct and guide all of our efforts, especially that of the Committee on Episcopacy as it wrestles with the assignment of bishops. May God hold the bishops and delegates in divine grace. Thursday morning, July 19th, will begin the balloting for three new bishops. In the Central Texas Conference the Rev. Dr. Mike McKee is the Conference’s endorsed nominee. There are many other fine nominees. I ask that we pray not only for Mike but also for all of the nominees. I am ever conscious that for every bishop elected another 10 could have been nominated and many would have made wonderful bishops. Please keep each and all and the entire process in your prayers. “This is why I kneel before the Father. Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him. I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen” (Ephesians 3:14-21).