Bishop Cho tells church fruitfulness is best way to honor deceased leaders

By Madeline Pillow

Bishop Young Jin Cho preached the sermon for the Service of Remembrance at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.

On Thursday, July 14, Bishop Young Jin Cho preached for the Service of Remembrance at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. His sermon was titled “Well-Done, Good and Trustworthy Servant” based on the parables found in Matthew 25.

The Service of Remembrance honored the six bishops and five bishop spouses who died since the last quadrennium: Bishop Mack B. Stokes, Bishop Robert C. Morgan, Bishop J. Lloyd Knox, Bishop Roy C. Clark, Bishop Charles W. Hancock, Bishop William W. Morris, Mrs. Mariam Hancock, Mrs. Mary Ann Minnick, Mrs. Eva Eutsler, Mrs. Mildred “Tuck” Jones and Mrs. Louise Short.

Bishop Cho said there are many ways these episcopal leaders and spouses could be honored, but there is a higher honor that those gathered could give.

“The best way to honor them is to run our race faithfully as they have done,” Cho said.

Bishop Cho emphasized that running the race faithfully means doing your best, which can only be done through prayer.

“Prayer is the most important gift from God in becoming the best,” Cho said. “If we do not pray, we do not do our best. If we do not pray, we cannot do our best in front of the Lord.”

Bishop Cho also said that doing your best should include asking God for help.

Speaking about the current church climate, Cho urged the church not to equate success with just preserving institutions.

“Maintenance is not enough. The Lord wants more than the preservation of the church,” Cho said. “We need to move from maintenance to fruitfulness. It is not all right for us not to bear fruit.”

— Madeline Pillow is editor of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate


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