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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Conference Leadership Team devotes Friday morning to lectio divina

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team led a Devotional Friday morning devoted to scripture reading for lectio divina. In his introduction, the Rev. Harold Wheat shared some information from, “our friends at the Upper Room.”

    “One of our most central and ancient practices of Christian prayer is Praying the Scriptures (lectio divina, or divine reading),” he said. “We read unhurriedly so that we can for the message God has for us there. We stay alert to connections the Spirit may reveal between the passage and what is going on in our lives.”

    Drew Griffin told the crowd to get into a comfortable position and relax before Erinn Gould-Norris read Isaiah 43:15-19, followed by a one-minute pause. Erinn then invited everyone to turn to their neighbors and share the word or image lifted to their hearts by the Spirit.

    After three minutes, the Rev. Rebecca Laird explained that they would repeat the process.

    “This time as you listen to the scripture, you are invited to reflect on what hope this scripture is rising within you,” she said. “What hope does it offer you as a leader for our Annual Conference and disciples of Christ.”

    Valerie Clark re-read the scripture, paused, and then asked attendees to discuss.

    The Rev. Drew Sperry invited everyone to stand, hold hands, and pray silently.

    “This prayer can be focused on the insights you have had from this time of devotion or for people who are in your hearts,” Rev. Sperry said. “Let it be whatever you need it to be in this place and time.”

    The Devotional ended with a closing prayer (United Methodist Hymnal, No. 401): “In [our] heart[s], above all else, let love and integrity envelope [us] until love is no longer in conflict with Thy Spirit.”

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2015 / Annual Conference 2019


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."