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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer Initiative: Week 4

    February 24, 2020 / By Rev. Nancy Dibelius

    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. Nancy Dibelius:

    “let all who are faithful offer prayer to you” (Psalm 32:6)

    Gracious and merciful God we come into your presence in a time of anxiety, fear, and doubt; we know that when we are anxious and fearful people, we are unable to live fully into the persons you desire us to be. And so we reach out to you with prayerful hearts. We know that in this place of prayer, when we are open and responsive to your presence, you can use this time and space to bridge the desires of our hearts with your deep desires, for each of us individually and for us as a community of people seeking to live faithfully into your Kingdom. As we find ourselves in this season of repentance and renewal, we ask that you do indeed ‘sustain in us a willing spirit’ that we might be reconciled to you, to each other, and to the world. 

    And in this season of uncertainty in the Church, we ask that you grant us your peace and grace and mercy that we might use those gifts to offer your healing and wholeness to a broken world. We lift our voices to you in the name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.


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

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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."