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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer #2 during coronavirus pandemic

    April 14, 2020 / By Drew Griffin

    Pray,
    Pray now,
    Pray for the Others.

    Love one another. The command echoes through Scripture and awakens us to life. Jesus intended for the world to verify the truth of his message by observing us in our love for one another and all God sends into our lives (John 13:35, 17:22-23). Because praying is an expression of loving that is accessible to all, our Conference Leadership Team (CLT), calls all who are able, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, to pray with them.

    The CLT invites you to continue to pray with them in the coming weeks as they share prayers designed to be used however the Spirit calls you to use them. If the Spirit places it on your heart to include these prayers in your daily devotions, publish them on your social media page, or jump off from their movement into your own inspiration, go with God and with their blessing.

    This prayer is provided by Drew Griffin:

    Gracious and loving God, creator, sustainer, redeemer, and healer, we are in awe of Your love for us. We are in awe of Your love for the whole world. We confess that we often struggle to feel Your love in times of disasters or crisis. It’s hard to see You past the reports on the news, or past our own personal loss.

    Help us Jesus. Help us as we learn how to use new technology and adapt to new ways of gathering. Help us as we adapt to video meetings. Help us as we learn to work from home. Help us as we love our neighbors by physically distancing ourselves as an act of discipleship. Help us to see You in the midst of danger, in the midst of fear, in the midst of nearly unbearable loss. God please help us.

    We are so blessed to be able to call on You in prayer Lord. We are grateful for the technology that still allows us to gather and worship You as a family of believers; to still be connected to You and to each other as the body of Christ. We are grateful for all of our essential workers risking their health to serve us. But most of all we are grateful for Your steadfast love. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

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    With more than 144,000 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."