FEBRUARY 18, 2018

A prayer by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Annual Conference, leading the United Methodist Church in “Praying Our Way Forward” for the week of February 18-24, 2018.

Bishop Jung and the Wisconsin Annual Conference Delegations have written a week of “Prayers of Protection for the Work of the Commission on a Way Forward: February 18–24, 2018.” Below you will find the introduction from Bishop Jung and the first of the daily prayers:

“Differences in understanding of how God is calling United Methodists to faithfully live together culminated at General Conference 2016 with the authorization of a Commission on a Way Forward. That commission continues to work preparing its recommendations to the Council of Bishops. The final proposals to the Special General Conference in February, 2019 will result in new directions for the church. You are invited to participate in this supportive prayer movement, a response to the Bishops initiative called Praying Our Way Forward. We are called to pray for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. Laity and clergy across the denomination are invited to pray for God’s guidance. If there is ever a place where we can be one, it’s in the space where we meet God. General Conference delegates and reserves from Wisconsin offer these prayers for your use.” -Bishop Jung.

Daily Prayer by Steve Zekoff:

Everlasting God, we pray that your Spirit’s power permeates The United Methodist Church as new possibilities are considered by those designated to discern our way into the future. Protect us from the mentality of presuming our perspective is superior when other members of your church experience your presence and message differently than we do. Open us to a creative outcome from our current struggles, one which surrounds all with your protection. Help us to recognize your love expressed through leaders and followers, the vulnerable as well as the powerful, the quiet as well as the noisy. May we feel your protective presence with us as we walk alongside the diversity of believers who make up Christ’s body. Guide us into your future with grace. Amen.