Day 8 - May 7

35 days of  Prayer and Preparation


Almighty God,

We honor you this day, reminded anew that you are love. All of creation—before now, beyond now, and even now—lives because of your love. We adore you, we glorify you, we esteem you because your everlasting love builds and blesses. It forms and transforms. SO God, we ask that, in our human frailty, you continue to transform us with love. We ask that you free us to love. Free us to love ourselves. Free us to love others as you love us. Let our praise of you, as love, become our lives in you, through love. And then we will take care to praise you even more! We pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, our Christ. Amen.  

Rev Dr Vance Ross, Central UMC

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.
Psalm 117

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 2: Focus on Community Engagement
Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon… 

  • mothers and motherly figures
  • congregations, that they become an expression of Christ’s love poured out into their communities

Praying for One Another

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

Allen Memorial UMC Oxford
Bentley Hill UMC
Bethel UMC Stockbridge
Brookhaven UMC
Cedar Grove UMC DeKalb County
Chamblee First UMC
Clarkston UMC
Clifton UMC
Columbia Drive UMC
Conyers First UMC
County Line UMC Ellenwood
Covington First UMC
Covington Mill UMC
Crossroads UMC
Decatur First UMC
Dunwoody UMC
East Lake UMC
Eastside UMC
Ebenezer UMC Conyers
Embry Hills UMC
Flat Shoals UMC
Flippen 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