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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer Initiative: Week 5

    March 2, 2020 / By Rev. Harold Wheat

    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. Harold Wheat:

    In the process of teaching humanity how to pray, Jesus left us with a treasure. “Our Father...”*  This week, as we invoke the presence of the One who created and loves us, we invite you to pay special attention to the “Our.” As you say it, let your mind and heart embrace and be joined with all in our conference who desire God. Follow the gift of these words into a sense of awe at the name of our God, leave our circumstances in God’s care, and allow yourself to be drawn into praying this ancient prayer as part of a body. What will be, will be. Today, let us pray as Jesus taught us to pray.

    Although the text, with modifications in italics, from the UM Hymnal (#894) is shared here for any who may not be familiar with The Lord’s Prayer, we invite you to use whatever version comes most freely to your heart and mind as we pray together.

    Our [Mother/Father/Creator]* in heaven,
                hallowed be your name,
                your kingdom come,    
                your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins
                as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial,           
                and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
                now and forever. Amen.

    * God is, of course, beyond identification with a single gender. Please pray using the language for God that helps you feel closest to God.


    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."