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Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:58 PM

A Call to Prayer

Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:58 PM
Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:58 PM

A special called General Conference session will be held in St. Louis, Missouri from February 23-26, 2019. At this special session, 864 delegates of the United Methodist Church from across the world will gather to clarify the issue of human sexuality as it relates to the functions and practices of the United Methodist Church.

Listening sessions have been held with Holston Conference delegates, special classes were taught at Prime Time Wednesday gatherings in the Fall, and many articles have been written to try to explain what is going to take place at this General Conference (by the way, some of the articles are still available at UMNEWS.org or Holston.org). You can also get up-to-date information and notifications about General Conference by going to https://holston.org/umc/general-conference and clicking on Subscribe to GC News.

I am asking you to join with me and other United Methodists around the world to commit to an intentional time of prayer. Here are some ways you might pray:

• Pray each day from 2:23 to 2:26 a.m. or p.m. (or both!) – These times correspond to the dates the conference will be held.
• Enter into a time of fasting and prayer once a week for 20 hours with the focus on this special session.
• Join us at First-Centenary on February 20 and February 24 for special prayer services. (See front page article.)
• Intentionally set aside your own method of prayer each day.
• Gather your Sunday School or small group together for a period of intentional prayer and reflection.
• Participate in A Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at www.umc.org/live.

Christ Jesus was continually in prayer. As Bernard of Clairvaux wrote; “You have His own commandment in the matter, “thou when thou wilt pray, enter into thy chamber and when thou hast shut the door, pray”. He Himself practiced what He preached. He would spend all night in prayer, not only hiding from the crowds but not allowing any, even of His closest friends, to come with Him. Even at the last, when He was hastening to His willing death, though He had taken three with Him, He withdrew even from them when He desired to pray. You must do likewise, when you want to pray.”

My friends, may we come together in prayer, seeking to align our hearts and minds with the One who loves us and calls us to be His people!

– Mark

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

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