“If My people, who belong to Me humbly pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
As Solomon seeks to continue his father King David’s legacy of faithfulness, God expects three things of the faithful: to humbly pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.
Dear friends, I am asking you to pray for our United Methodist Church that we will truly seek God’s face and wisdom. During the week of September 24-30, 2017 let us unite our voices humbly asking God to bless and empower our Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and praying for God’s guidance for the Council of Bishops and the Commission on the Way Forward. This 32-member Commission has been working for two years to clarify the Church’s understanding of human sexuality and how God is calling us to be in ministry with all people. The General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri on February 23-26, 2019 to make decisions based on the findings of the Commission.
Every congregation in Holston is asked to participate in “Praying Our Way Forward” beginning in worship on September 24 and continuing throughout the week as we share in this 75-week prayer initiative from the Council of Bishops.
The United Methodist Church is a global church of almost 13 million persons. Within that large population are many varied understandings of how we might live together in light of our common commitments and our potentially divisive differences.
In addition to offering prayer for The United Methodist Church during worship on Sunday, September 24, Holston’s congregations are asked to participate in prayer for the remainder of the week of September 24-30. Each day, two districts will be specifically committed in prayer:
Monday – Abingdon and Big Stone Gap Districts
Tuesday – Chattanooga and Cleveland Districts
Wednesday – Johnson City and Kingsport Districts
Thursday – Knoxville and Maryville Districts
Friday – Morristown and Oak Ridge Districts
Saturday – Tazewell and Wytheville Districts
A prayer for the Church will be provided for devotional use each day of the week. These prayers will be written by lay and clergy members from our conference churches and will be available at holston.org/prayforward and on Holston’s social media sites.
During this week prayers will be emailed daily to numerous church leaders and available through district offices. Every congregation is encouraged to use these resources to unite us in prayer for The United Methodist Church.
The “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative was launched New Year’s Day 2017 in the North Carolina Conference and will conclude in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018.
Grace and Peace,
Bishop Dindy Taylor
Published on Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 12:19 PM EDT