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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: CLT Prayer Initiative

    CLT Prayer #1 during coronavirus pandemic

    March 25, 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:

    O God of steadfast love, we lift our hearts in prayer.  In this time of uncertainty, be our firm foundation. Lead us beyond our differences to unity in you; in our times of prayer, in our acts of compassion and mercy; help us reach out beyond ourselves. Give us grace to move through these challenging times; may our times of isolation become opportunities to practice solitude and to live more deeply and fully into our relationship with you. May your Spirit open our imaginations to new and creative ways to continue to be in relationship with one another. Guide the days ahead as we seek to discern how you invite us to continue to be the Church, your Church, for a world in need of the God of steadfast love. We lift our hearts 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."