Today begins our conference’s designated week of prayer for The United Methodist Church and the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. During this week of prayer, will you join me in worshipping and praying daily using a guide written by our Conference’s deacons? They have also provided a breath prayer to help guide our worship each day.
I am also asking you and your congregation to take time during your regular service of worship on January 21 to pray for the Commission on a Way Forward. You can do this in any number of ways – either through using one of the prayers provided by our deacons, leading your own prayer during the normal service of worship, or by hosting a special prayer vigil that day. In addition to the prayers, the deacons have prepared a litany that can be used in a worship service.
And now, wherever you may be at this moment, please join me in the following prayer.
Lord of all, we praise you for the Wesleyan movement through which millions
of people have come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and follow Him in their daily lives.
Inspired by what You have done to bring us to this day, we ask You to bless and
empower The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world. We pray especially for Your guidance for the
Commission on a Way Forward and for the Council of Bishops.
Give to them—and to us—the mind of Christ and enable us to abide in Him
so that we may be fruitful disciples in our own day and time.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.
Through prayer, we are Alive Together in Christ!
"We are going to pray this week, and every week, for the unity of our denomination, recognizing that our unity is found in Jesus Christ. He is the One who holds us together, whatever we may face in our own lives and in our world. We are also going to pray for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, for they have been brought together because of their devotion to Christ. We pray God’s blessing upon them and the work they have been called to do."