The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer 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 effort began in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The South Georgia Conference's week of prayer will be January 14-21, 2018.
**Thanks to the deacons of our annual conference, led by Rev. Meg Procopio, resources will be available soon to guide our week of prayer.
I am deeply grateful for the work we have already been doing in South Georgia to equip ourselves for crucial conversations around the recommendations for a Way Forward that will be coming to us in the months ahead.
One of the resources we will be offering to the churches of South Georgia is a process for meaningful engagement with whatever recommendations come to us. I want this to be a time when we experience being Alive Together in Christ as we have important conversations about a future that is fruitful for Christ.
There is one thing, however, that we can all do right now, and that is PRAY.
Each annual conference has been asked to take one week to lead the denomination in prayer. Prayers from the South Georgia Conference will be featured the week of January 14-21, 2018. To join in the prayers from across the connection, visit umcprays.org and sign up for the daily email.
This prayer movement is a response to the Council of Bishops initiative. We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. All persons – clergy and laity, conferences and congregations – across the denomination are invited to pray for God’s guidance.
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 from the website, leading your own prayer during the normal service of worship, or by hosting a special prayer vigil that day.
Thanks to the deacons of our annual conference, led by Rev. Meg Procopio, for taking the lead in our conference’s prayer initiative. The deacons are preparing daily prayers as well as a litany that you can use with your congregation on January 21. I will send it to you in the weeks ahead.
To recap, I invite you to do three things:
Sign up to receive the daily prayer from umcprays.org. Then make this a part of your daily prayer practice.
Encourage your congregation to sign up and pray each day using prayers from umcprays.org.
Use the litany our deacons are developing to engage in an intentional time of prayer for the Commission on the Way Forward during your January 21 worship service.
I pray that our conference will act with confidence and hope in the power of the Holy Spirit as we navigate the days ahead.
Through prayer, we are Alive Together in Christ!