2023 NEW JERSEY DIOCESE STATE ASSEMBLY
GREETINGS FROM THE JURISDICTIONAL PRELATE
Greetings Saints and Friends,
I am excited as we, the New Jersey Diocese, are preparing to experience a mighty move of God, during our 2023 State Assembly, which is our 82nd Holy Gathering. We have been fasting and praying that the power of the Holy Ghost will fill each session with miracles, signs and wonders. We pray that each attendee will receive the blessings that they are in need of.
The theme for this gathering is: “Lord, Make Us One, In Such A Time As This" The Aim: To Encourage All Humanity To Grow In The Knowledge That Regardless Of The Issues That May Divide Us, Only God Can Make Us One In Mind, Body And Soul. Scripture Text: John 17:21-23 and 1 Corinthians 4:18-21.
The world that we live in is filled with so many issues that separate us, that it seemingly has become the new normal to be separated. The political landscape has plagued the laws of the land, failing to separate right from wrong. It is written, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20. The flock of God has been scattered by the indiscretions and wayward thinking of mankind, through what we know to be sin. These modern day tactics of the enemy have caused many to reason and rationalize our actions, and making them justifiable. These sin-driven decisions have truly separated God from the school, work-place and even the church. When we allow sin to enter into the issues of our lives, we can no longer commune with God as we once did. Romans 6:12-13 says, "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
When we realize that sin is the separator from man to God, we will no longer allow the the issues that surround us to break up the family, the church and the like. Lord, make us one, in such a time as this.
As we journey throughout this gathering of attendees from far and near, let us remember that only God can bring us back together as one. Our worship and praise ignite the fire within; and our application of the Word of God to your everyday life brings us closer as a family, as a church... as a people, all to hear God say, "Well done."
Let us all examine ourselves so that when we leave this holy gathering, God shall have filled us with the knowledge of truth and understanding. In spite of the calamities of our minds and actions from our hearts, Lord, make us one, in such a time as this.
My continued prayers are with each of you and I pray blessings be upon you and your families. Lord, make us one, in such a time as this.
On behalf of all of us within the Diocese of New Jersey, WELCOME!!!
Your humble servant,
Presiding Bishop Charlene M. Jamison