Loving God, Creator of the nations and those who dwell therein, we praise you today because you are a faithful God who loves us steadfastly. Because of your love for us, we are called to love others. With your love, we must love our neighbors as ourselves. By your love, we welcome the stranger, work to tear down the systems of inequality, and heal the wounds of racism within our churches, communities, and the world. Please help us to be faithful to the causes of justice and reconciliation as you have been faithful to us. You are faithful to forgive our sins. You are faithful to fulfill every one of your promises. You faithfully complete every good work you have begun in us and your church. We have witnessed your faithfulness from generation to generation, Lord, and we cannot help but praise you today and in all the days to come. We ask you to continue revealing your love in and through us. This we pray in the name of Jesus the Christ!
—Rev. Keya Hillman, St. Paul UMC Summit Street
NOTE: A "collect" (call-ect) is a simple, focused prayer.
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
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.
Week 4 Focus: Racial Justice and Healing
Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon…
Lord, pour out your spirit on the following North West District churches:
Dalton First UMC
Douglas Street UMC
Elizabeth Lee UMC Chickamauga
Ellijay First UMC
Epworth UMC Fannin County
Fairview UMC Fort Oglethorpe
Fields Chapel UMC
Five Springs UMC
Floyd Springs UMC
Fullers Chapel UMC Chatsworth
Gates Chapel UMC
Hickory Flat UMC Canton
Holly Springs UMC Cherokee County
Jackson Chapel UMC
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