A Word From Bishop T. Larry Kirkland
God from whom all Blessings Flow; Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!
I greet you in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - the Name
that is above every name.
We praise God for the manifestation of His Amazing Grace as we have
traveled and heard reports of all the work going forth from over 300 of our
churches across the Fifth Episcopal District. The hard work that you have
offered up in God's Kingdom has not gone unnoticed; God has truly moved in
powerful ways - His wonder to perform. The foundation of evangelism
continues to be laid and we praise God the the Fifth District's commitment
to move to the next level of equipping saints for service and reaching out
to those who are in search of the message that God is the answer to all of
The 2013 series of Annual Conferences highlighted your continued
commitment to "Rebuilding the Walls" of homes, schools, churches,
communities, and the world. Our societal ills are demanding more and more
that we stand firm on God's word and that the "Church Remains the Church" -
a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, holy and set apart. When we think of
how God is guiding our steps, blessing our labors and annointing our work,
we should feel blessed but aware that God is not through with us yet and is
preparing to go higher.
It has not yet been revealed what God has in store for us. The 2012 -
2016 quadrennial continues to be filled with promise and as your Presiding
Bishop, I am committed to seeking the Lord's guidance through continual
prayer as to the direction that we must take in rebuilding the wall.
Mrs. Kirkland and I are convinced that because we are family, any
challenges we face will not stop the fearless, faithful and forthright Fifth
District from "Continuing to Rebuild the Walls."
May God bless you and keep you,
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr.
Fifth Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church