Bishop’s Sermons & Messages

Bishop’s Sermons & Messages

Academy 2019

On August 22-28, 2019, the fifth Academy of Spiritual Formation of the United Methodist Church in Eurasia was held at the Solnechnye Karpaty boarding house. The topic was “The Time of Grace”. The place for the Academy was unique. The very nature of Transcarpathia is an expression of the Grace of God’s creation, and a cozy boarding house with single occupancy, harmonious landscape design filled with this gift of God. The schedule was so balanced that the participants of the…

What is the use of open doors if there are no eyes and hearts to perceive them?

Among the 23 local churches of the UMC in Czechia, there is also a Russian-speaking church. What does it mean for its pastor to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? His great-grandfather was persecuted for his faith in God, accused of being an enemy of the people, sentenced to death on Stalin’s orders and executed by firing squad in 1937. His grandfather, also a Christian and evangelist, was killed in the Second World War. His…

PEOPLE OF FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE IN THE TIME OF CRISIS

Bishop Eduard Khegay  Eurasia Episcopal Area  April 20, 2020 Isolation and loneliness then and now   It was August of 1996 when I collected all my belongings into two suitcases and got on the overnight train from Moscow to St.Petersburg with one way ticket. It was a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, I was excited to receive my first appointment from the bishop to serve as a local pastor in the most beautiful city of Russia. On the other hand,…

DEEPER CONVERSATIONS UMC

A Call to Deeper Conversations Regarding New Expressions of Methodist Witness. 11.11.19 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) As bishops…

8 bishops join in planning new denomination

By Sam Hodges and Heather HahnMarch 12, 2020 | UM News A group of United Methodist leaders, including eight bishops, has issued a statement sharing its vision for a global traditionalist denomination focused on evangelism and the “primacy of Scripture.” Among the group’s essential doctrinal beliefs is defining Christian marriage as between a man and a woman. Two of the bishops who signed the statement told UM News they would depart The United Methodist Church for such a new denomination. One other said…

South Africa. Diary notes.

This autumn Natalia Losak from Ukraine and Alyona Pirogova from Russia, two volunteers from Eurasia UMC, joint brothers and sisters from Resurrection Church (Kansas City, USA) to go on a mission trip to the Republic of South Africa. The aim of the mission trip was to serve children at Ditshego House of Laughter, teach children to draw during classes and share God’s love during games and fellowship.Natalia kindly shared how it all went… Day 1 South Africa. Incredible, I am here,…

UNITY – XX Eurasian Consultation and Festival of the 130th Anniversary of Methodism in Eurasia

August 14 to 18, 2019, people called Methodists gathered in Uzhgorod (Ukraine) to share the joy of “Unity” in the ministry to God with brothers and sisters from other countries during the Eurasian Partnership Consultation (Initiative) and Celebrate the new date in their history – 130 years of Methodism in Eurasia.   “Our “likeness in being the Body of Christ.”  This is a Divine Likeness – that sets aside ALL DIFFERENCES and brings together people who don’t think alike, who don’t talk alike, who don’t look alike, who don’t act alike and UNITES them under the power of…

MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS

The name of the baby boy was Emmanuel which means God is with us – this is a great miracle of life – when God is with us. It fills us with faith and confidence, hope and love, it casts away from our hearts everything that is not pleasing to Holy God. Also, parents called the boy Jesus which means “Lord is salvation”. This is a miracle that God is now with us and saves our souls. By receiving this…

IN MEMORIAM: OUR FIRST BISHOP

Bishop Ruediger was our first bishop in the post-Soviet society. I remember my life in Moscow in early 1990s when I was a student. It was very difficult time. Imagine empty stores, crazy inflation, chaos and uncertainty about your future. God has been so gracious to send us bishop Ruediger. His love, wisdom and faith in us gave us wings to fly. I was always amazed how he as a German would speak Russian so well and know some words…

RENEWING RELATIONS WITH GOD ACADEMY FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2017 ISSYK-KUL LAKE (KYRGYZSTAN)

by: Eduard Khegai Renewing relations with GodAcademy for Spiritual Formation 2017Issyk-Kul Lake (Kyrgyzstan) Every Christian experiences periods of stagnation, spiritual “droughts” and devastation during the process of spiritual growth. We all need renewal. Jesus lived a full life. Almost every day of His ministry was intensive in communication with people. Some came to Him late at night. He was pleaded to help even when He wanted to have a little rest after a hard day. But Jesus showed us an…

CHRISTIAN UNITY AND INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONSHIPS

CHRISTIAN UNITY AND INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONSHIPS …. ……….Eduard Khegay “I’m deeply blessed working in this group which has representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, USA. Our world today as never before needs a new understanding of Christian unity and interreligious relationships. The Book of Disciple of the United Methodist Church calls us for unity. The very beginning of the Book of Discipline (Part I Constitution) says: “The church of Jesus Christ exists in and for the world, and its very dividedness…

RENEWAL. MISSION. MISSIONARY WORK.

Moving forwardBishop Eduard Khegay Renewal Spiritual renovation – is a natural wish of every Christian. It’s important for Christ’s disciples to constantly renew their relationships with God, both in the sphere of family, and in the church field, and in our service to the world. Many people, for example, speak of “semper reformanda” – a continuing reformation of the church. When I’m asked about the recipe of a spiritual renewal, I often relate it to the understanding of a personal…
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