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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer #6 during coronavirus pandemic

    May 18, 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:

    Gracious and holy God, we come before you this day in the midst of difficult and challenging times; as we do so, we are reminded this week of the words of the psalmist that affirm that you hear and listen and that you do ‘give heed’ to our prayers. We ask that your Spirit rest upon us, offering comfort, reassurance, compassion, gentleness; we breathe deeply (even as we are aware that such an act is difficult for those who are ill) for the Spirit of truth to enter in and bring peace to our bodies and peace to our souls. May we remain faithful in times such as these and trust in your presence; let us not be impatient, let us not lose confidence as you continue to lead and guide in the midst of anxious times.  We give you thanks this day Lord for your faithfulness and continued activity in the world and for your patience when we are at times ‘slow of heart.’ We lift these words to you in the name of Jesus the 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."