Day 19 - May 18

35 days of  Prayer and Preparation

Reflection & Prayer

Psalm 136 is a special psalm, with each one of its 26 verses repeating the sentence, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Throughout the Hebrew scriptures, the phrase is used in a liturgical way.  Ezra 3:11 indicates that this encouragement was part of a responsive singing among God’s people: And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: “For He is good, his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”

“In Jewish tradition Psalm 136 has been called the Great Hallel (or Great Psalm of Praise). It does not use the words hallelu jah, but it is called the Great Hallel for the way it rehearses God’s goodness in regard to his people and encourages them to praise him for his merciful and steadfast love.”
(James Montgomery Boice)

God, our Creator, You willed it and the universe existed. How wonderfully you made all of creation and all that exists, how wonderfully you made us. You transformed dust into your own image and gave it a share in your own nature. yet you are more wonderful in pardoning the one who had rebelled against you. Grant that where sin has abounded, grace may more abound, so that we can become holier through forgiveness and be more grateful to you. Give praise to the God of heaven; he has ransomed us from our enemies. His steadfast love endures forever. Amen.

—Rev. Bryce Behnke, Prospect UMC Morgan County


who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Psalm 136:4

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… 

  • Emmaus movement
  • Wesley Foundation Campus Ministries in Georgia
  • Missional entrepreneurs
  • FX Cultivators 
  • Participants in Fresh Expressions Adaptive Leadership and Pioneer cohorts
  • South East CoOp Dinner Church, Gwinnett County
  • Recovery Churches

Praying for One Another

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

New Hope Hispanic Ministry
New Hope UMC Dillard
New Hope UMC Gainesville
New Liberty UMC Braselton
New Salem UMC
Oakwood UMC
Pennington Chapel UMC
Piedmont UMC
Pleasant Grove UMC Cumming
Pleasant Grove UMC Dahlonega
Pleasant Hill UMC Gillsville
Providence UMC Lavonia
Providence UMC Toccoa
Providence UMC Union County
Redstone UMC
Redwine UMC Canon
Redwine UMC Gainesville
Royston First UMC
Salem UMC Dawsonville
Shady Grove UMC Union County

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