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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer Initiative: Week 2

    February 10, 2020 / By Rev. Steven Taylor / 1 Comment

    In this season, there are momentous preparations being made for our United Methodist community to part, possibly to multiply in new ways. How we do that matters. In the weeks leading up to General Conference, members of your Conference Leadership Team will be sharing prayers designed to be used however the Spirit calls you to use them. Click here to read more about the prayer initiative.

    This week's prayer is provided by the Rev. Steven Taylor:

    Almighty God, in Jesus' Name, we bow before you together in worship and praise because of Your love and grace in our lives. We hear the words of the angels who declared to your people, and to us, “Fear not!” In this season of unsettledness in the United Methodist Church, we confess that we bring unwanted, and sometimes hindering, sinful thoughts, actions, and fears with us to You, thinking that if we can just control a few more things or people, that we will move Your heart as we desire. Forgive us. Turn our hearts back to You and give us ears to hear again, “Fear not.”

    We know You are not done with any of us yet, even as You are allowing ground-shaking change to occur once again in Your Church. We grieve losses and celebrate what can be. Increase our trust in You and in the mission You have given us to be your hands and feet, and to reach a lost and broken world, those on every margin, and to confront every injustice. Remind us that the mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world won't change. Come, Holy Spirit, to guide every step and decision, heal our hearts, give us courage, and shine Your glory in us and around us to the world. Amen.


    Click here to read about the authors participating in the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) Prayer Initiative.

    Comments 1

    Thank you Rev. Steven Taylor for your prayer. Trusting daily for the Lord GOD'S will to be done with His creation- all of us. Loving Him with all of me.

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 12, 2020 at 8:50 pm
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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."