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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer #3 during coronavirus pandemic

    April 20, 2020 / By Rev. Nancy Dibelius

    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 week's prayer is provided by the Rev. Nancy Dibelius:

    God of new life, on this third Sunday of Easter, help us remember those who walked the road to Emmaus. Grant that we too might meet the resurrected Christ as we travel on this journey; help us not to be “foolish… and slow of heart to believe.” The difficult times in which we find ourselves, the challenges of our current crisis, open us to fear and anxiety. Yet just as you walked with and reassured those early disciples, walk with us as well. Grant us wisdom and courage to continue to be faithful in all things; give us vision and a creative nature to continue to trust in your faithfulness; open our eyes and our hearts to the ways in which we can continue to reach out to a world in great need this day. We lift our hearts and minds to you O Lord in the name of the risen Christ. 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."