Day 17 - May 16

35 days of  Prayer and Preparation


Gracious God of all generations,

Thank you for those who have gone before us shining your light in the darkness. Thank you for those who have discipled us in your righteous ways. Thank you for their example of strength, generosity, mercy, and compassion. And thank you for their stories of your faithfulness – in good times and bad.

Lead us in your righteousness. Show us your ways so that we may be light to others. Strengthen and steady our hearts so that your faithfulness will be remembered, and your name glorified by those who come behind us. We humbly ask these things in Jesus’ name.

—Dawn Townsend, Calhoun First UMC

NOTE: A "collect" (call-ect) is a simple, focused prayer.


They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
Psalm 112:4

Memory Verse

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
     your old men will dream dreams,
     your young men will see visions.

Prayers of Invocation

Week 3 Focus: New Faith Opportunities and Communities
Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon… 

  • The New Gathering Service at Buford First UMC, 
  • Chicopee Mission Center
  • At the Table, Nett Norcross Campus
  • Madras UMC
  • Cascade @ Midtown
  • STAR Community UMC Church
  • Fayette Friendship UMC
  • The Harbor UMC

Praying for One Another

Lord, pour out your spirit on the following District churches:

Danielsville UMC
Demorest UMC
Dillard UMC
Dunagan Chapel UMC
Ebenezer UMC Cumming
Ebenezer UMC Hollywood
Ebenezer UMC Jefferson
First UMC of Union County
Flowery Branch UMC
Gainesville First UMC
Gordon's Chapel UMC Athens
Hartwell First UMC
Hiawassee UMC
Hickory Flat UMC Lula
Holly Springs UMC Jackson County
Homer UMC
Hopewell UMC Cumming
Hopewell UMC Murrayville
Hoschton UMC
Jefferson First UMC

About the Prayer and Preparation Project

Each day from April 30 to June 3 you will be prompted with a Psalm to read, a short breath prayer or collect (call-ect) written by a North Georgia United Methodist, and prayers of invocation.

We invite you to share this with your family, small group, congregation, and Christian community. Whether you are attending Annual Conference or not, we pray this will better prepare all of us for true holy conferencing.

How to Participate

  • To receive a daily prayer prompt, text Prepare to 833-848-9264
  • Visit each day
  • Follow the North Georgia Conference on social media