Earlier this month Bishop Bryan shared a message to the people of the South Georgia Conference regarding this week's Judicial Council meeting. (Read Bishop Bryan’s message)
Bishop Bryan now invites you to join him in continued prayer for The United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops, the Commission on the Way Forward, and the Judicial Council as we await the Judicial Council decision.
God of resurrection and new life, we pray to you as Easter people:
When we were dead, you made us Alive Together in Christ.
Now we journey toward Pentecost, remembering your promise to pour out your Spirit upon all people. Come, Holy Spirit!
We pray especially for the Judicial Council meeting this week. May each member of the Council be filled with the spirit of wisdom and discernment in all their deliberations. Use their experience and devotion for your glory. As we await their decisions, give us grace now to hear the Easter message directly from Jesus: “Do not be afraid.” Give us such clarity of purpose that nothing can deter us from the mission to which you have called us.
How we thank you, Lord, for the legacy of faithfulness you have given us through The United Methodist Church. Renew within each of us the passionate spirit of John Wesley and the Methodist movement. Enable us to be a non-anxious presence so that the peace of Christ may guide our words and our actions.
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill us with new possibilities, new hope, new life.
We pray in the name of the One who can do far more than we can ask or imagine, Jesus Christ our Risen Lord. Amen.
The Judicial Council, which begins its spring meeting on April 25, is the highest judicial body or “court” of The United Methodist Church. The Judicial Council determines the constitutionality of acts or proposed acts of the General, Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences. The nine-member Council will consider a request for a declaratory decision regarding the validity of the election of a bishop in the Western Jurisdiction. Specifically, the petition addresses action by the Western Jurisdiction in electing Rev. Karen Oliveto, reported to be an openly gay clergy member, as a bishop.
UMNS Judicial Council-related articles:
Preview to Judicial Council hearing | Church braces for ruling on gay bishop
Q&A from the Southeastern Jurisdiction's College of Bishops:
Who is the Judicial Council? How does the Judicial Council's decision's affect the current position of The United Methodist Book of Discipline? The Southeastern Jurisdiction's College of Bishops has put together a helpful Q & A regarding the Judicial Council and its decisions. Click here to download it.