The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The North Georgia Conference's week of prayer will be March 19-25, 2017.
Please pray by name for the 32 members of the Commission on a Way Forward:
If your church is hosting a special prayer time or has set aside times for your chapels/sanctuaries to be open for prayer, please let us know by email to email@example.com.
North Georgia United Methodists are invited to submit a one- to two-line prayer for The United Methodist Church. Email your prayer along with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer From Bishop Sue
Gracious God, we pray for the Way Forward Commission and Our Council of Bishops.
Deliver them, Almighty God, from the service of self alone, that they may do the work you have given them to do, in truth, and beauty, and for the common good, for the sake of the one who comes among us as one who serves, the One who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lighten their loads, O God, and give them the gift of time and space to focus on this work.
Make them quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
Give them hearts of peace and help them seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Let them be fully open to the creative, transforming power of your Holy Spirit.
Keep them mindful, first and foremost, of our sacred mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world, and may all they do further and enhance this mission.
Breathe on us, breath of God, fill us with life anew, that we may love what thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do.
In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.
Prayers From Across Our Conference
Almighty God, you provided a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide your people on their journey from slavery to freedom. We pray for the members of the Commission on a Way Forward - for their families and their work - as they discern your will for the United Methodist Church. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
—Rev. Herzen Andone
Lord, I pray that the Commission On A Way Forward will follow your guidance in their deliberations, regardless of convenience or inconvenience, “let Thy will be done.” Amen!
—Rev. Moses Woodruff
“It is our prayer that God’s will be heard; that our leaders choose to follow not their own hearts, but God’s.”
God, we thank you for your gift of the Church. We pray for your Spirit to speak clearly among the Commission On A Way Forward. We pray for the United Methodist Church. Give us the courage to do your will and move your way together - not for our gain, but because you love us and you desire us to proclaim the Good News, bind up your love, proclaim your freedom, and loosen the chains of the imprisoned. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
—Rev. David Wofford
For the Commission, I pray Your ears, Your heart, Your love, and Your wisdom. Give each member faith. Help them to recognize Your way out of the clamor of our ways. Anoint these representatives so they will seek You first, then Your solution. Give Commission Members patience, perseverance, and courage to discern Your heart. Make Your will clear in midst of this forward seeking conference.
—Rev. James Gwin
Gracious and loving God, pour your Holy Spirit upon the women and men whom you have chosen for this holy and glorious task. Speak words of wisdom, love, calm, peace, hope, challenge, and future to each one of them individually and to all collectively. I pray a special portion of your grace on their families as they are away from them during these days, may the families know your presence in the absence of their loved ones. Almighty God, may your will and your desire for your United Methodist Church be ours as well. Help us in these days loving Lord.
—Rev. Dana Everhart
Lord, as we seek a way forward, help us to remember that the Way is you. Guide our leaders that that may place you first so that the path may be revealed. Amen.
—Rev. Dr. Tonya Lawrence
Eternal and Everlasting God, you have led your people through desert places, hardships and adversity in times past: always present, always loving, always guiding, and always going before. Give us courage to follow now where you lead us we pray. Have mercy upon this commission that seeks your will for this church. Give them courage, wisdom, insight, compassion and direction. Amen.
—Rev. Dr. David Naglee
Almighty God, You have created and brought each of these minsters to this appointed time to serve you. Allow them to seek you with their whole heart to discern your truths and your will in the process. Allow them to come together in the end of this journey, knowing they have heard the mighty thundering of your voice as clarity in moving forward in the church as you would have it be. May the Holy Spirit provide them with the discerning spirit and endurance through this next year. May only your will be done in the precious name of your son, Christ Jesus. Amen.
Loving God, whose grace is always sufficient, may the Commission be filled with the sure knowledge of your eternal love; may their thoughts be your thoughts; their words your words. May their decisions fully live into Jesus’ commandment to “go and make disciples of all the nations.” Amen
—Rev. Kathie Stasko
Gracious God - who breathes life into us daily, may you continue to breathe life into your church. May we passionately live out your mission every day and may we be surrounded by your comforting presence as we step into uncomfortable situations. Be with all our leaders who are part of "The Way Forward" so that they listen to you so closely that they speak words from your heart.
—Rev. Shannon Karafanda
May the Commission use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral in its recommendations on Human Sexuality: Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason and may the unity of the UMC be preserved.
—Rev. Terry Phillips