During the special session of General Conference, Bishop Bryan said, “Prayer is the work of the people.”
With that in mind, a prayer book has been created to serve as a guide to prayer in the 12 weeks between now and the June 3-5 Annual Conference session.
“We are the people and prayer is our work,” said Rev. Teresa Edwards, who helped write the prayer book, along with Revs. Meg Procopio and Josh Bizzell. Margaret Mathews, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, provided the artwork.
The title, “Patches of Prayer” was chosen because the word “patch” has multiple meanings and applications. A patch is a place where something can grow and flourish, it’s something that holds that which is fraying together, and a patch is an act of beginning to mend.
“It is our work together in this moment of time,” Rev. Edwards said. “Patching is all three movements guiding us toward God.”
The guide, divided into three, four-week sessions, includes a guiding word, a scripture reading, an invitation to prayer, space for journaling, and a closing prayer.
“Our hope is that as we pray together, the power of prayer will multiply in an abundance of grace among us,” Rev. Edwards said. “As we pray together, my deepest hope is that we would realize all the beautiful, powerful, and amazing ways we are and can be alive together in Christ.”