Prayer Vigil: North Georgia UMs Joined in Prayer from June 30 to July 1
As we transitioned to a new appointment year this week, North Georgia United Methodists covered the conference in prayer. From noon, June 30, to noon, July 1, 150 volunteers prayed in 30-minute increments for our communities, our churches, our denomination, and our world. Find the prayer guide below and watch video resources at https://vimeo.com/showcase/7307245 (more videos coming soon!)
Here are a number of prompts & prayers to assist you as you spend time praying for the Church. Thank you for your faithfulness and intercession.
• Thank God for the United Methodist Church, the North Georgia Annual Conference, and your local church
• Unity in the body of Christ
• Boldness in proclaiming truth & resisting evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves
• That we would continue to grow as disciples & make disciples of Jesus Christ
• That we would be filled with the Holy Spirit and live lives of love towards God and our neighbors
• Openness to new people and opportunities for ministry
• Pastors in transition and churches receiving new pastors
• That God would give wisdom to leaders in our conference
• Healing for those who are sick in our midst
• Safety as some churches begin returning to in-person worship
Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of [other's] mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are calling us--the freedom of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty--all these and more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death. Mercifully grant us, O God the spirit of Esther, that we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish. Amen.
— W.E.B Du Bois
For local churches
Almighty and ever-living God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this church family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer
For churches receiving new pastors
Eternal God, strengthen and sustain our local churches, especially those churches receiving new pastors during this season. Give churches and pastors courage and wisdom to care for one another as they live out the call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. May all live together in love, and offer their unique gifts and talents in your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Adapted from the UM Book of Worship
For the fullness of Christ
Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ in us, Christ beneath us, Christ above us, Christ on our right, Christ on our left, Christ where we lie, Christ where we sit, Christ where we arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of us, Christ in every eye that sees us, Christ in every ear that hears us. Salvation is of the Lord, Salvation is of the Christ, May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.
— Saint Patrick
For the Church
O, gracious God, we pray for your holy Church universal, that you would be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever lives to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
— The Book of Common Prayer
For Justice & Love
God of Creation, the earth groans under the weight of the injustices in the world. When survival instincts overtake us, we fall short of your decree to care for the hungry, the stranger, the naked and the imprisoned. Open our eyes to see the least of these among us, Lord. Break our hearts for the ever-present suffering in your world. Use our hands, O God, to care and provide for the least of these. For we know that whatever we do for others is also done for you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
— Bishop Jonathan Holston