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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer #4 during coronavirus pandemic

    April 27, 2020 / By Rev. Steven Taylor / 1 Comment

    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. Steven Taylor:

    Gracious and Holy God of the Universe, we give all honor to your name and lift our hands in praise to You, our Rock, and our Redeemer. With great anticipation, we turn our faces to You and, with eyes wide open like children waiting for the story to be fully revealed, we wait and we worship. Your promises give us hope. Your mercy gives us peace. Your love gives us assurance. Your grace blossoms gratitude from within our hearts. Lord, in these days of waiting and wondering, amidst things we don't fully understand, use Your Church to roll out the Good News to a world that is waiting for wholeness and purpose. Raise us up in Your powerful Spirit. Recreate us, once again, in the image of your Son, Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen!

    Comments 1

    Thank you for your encouraging words.

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on May 1, 2020 at 11:14 am

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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."