General Conference to Begin with Day of Prayer

2/7/2019

The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of a Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at www.umc.org/live.

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 took 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. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and wrapped in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The North Georgia Conference's week of prayer was March 19-25, 2017. 

The two-fold purpose of the Day of Prayer at General Conference is to pray for

During the Day of Prayer, all bishops, delegates and staff will gather on the floor and observers will be in the seating and outer concourse areas of The Dome at the America’s Center.

The day will start with plenary prayer, continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with prayer for missional needs for each of four regions of the world, includes consecration of the General Conference’s prayer space and concludes with another plenary prayer from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There will be a break for lunch/conversation or fasting/ self-directed prayer from 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

“This will be a wonderful act, signifying and recognizing our dependence on God to lead us forward as a United Methodist Church,” the statement from the bishops said.


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