This coming Sunday marks the beginning of South Georgia’s Week of Prayer for The United Methodist Church’s “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative.
During the Week Of Prayer, which runs Jan. 14 through Jan. 21, South Georgia United Methodists are being asked to commit to worshipping and praying daily using a guide written by the Conference’s deacons. A breath prayer is provided to help guide each day’s worship.
The “South Georgia Prays” daily prayer guide may be found online here. Prayers will also be posted on the Conference’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Click here to subscribe to the denomination's daily prayer emails.
The denomination-wide “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative launched New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to pray for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.
Bishop Bryan has also asked each South Georgia congregation to take time during its Jan. 21 worship service to pray for the Commission on a Way Forward. He gave pastors and church leaders several ways to engage in corporate prayer for the work of the commission and the future of The United Methodist Church: through the Corporate Litany for Worship written by the Conference’s deacons, through a prayer from the umcprays.org website, with an original prayer, or by hosting a special prayer vigil.
“We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church,” he said. “All persons – clergy and laity, conferences and congregations – across the denomination are invited to pray for God’s guidance.”