Praying for General Conference 2016
Each day this year, a different annual conference from around the world has been praying for delegates, for the process, and for the wisdom and love of God to prevail when the denomination gathers in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20 for The United Methodist Church General Conference.
On Wednesday, March 23, Minnesota United Methodists will come together for a 24-hour prayer vigil. There's still time to sign up for a 15-minute prayer slot if you haven't already done so. Churches, groups, and individuals are all invited to participate in the Minnesota prayer vigil.
Like many previous General Conferences, the 2016 conference will be confronted with several difficult and divisive issues. The United Methodist Church is fraught with many “them-and-us” controversies—controversies over whom we will include or exclude, issues over biblical authority and biblical obedience, tensions over how we witness to a broken world, struggles over how to create an authentic global church, disagreements over how and who will lead the Church. “I believe God is calling all of us, and particularly those we have elected to represent us at General Conference, to listen, deeply listen—not to the voices of self-interest and power politics, but to what the Holy Spirit is speaking deep within each of us,” says Bishop Ough. Read article
How to participate in Wednesday's prayer vigil
Here are some ways to focus. Pray for:
In your time of prayer, be sure to allow for some silence so that you might be open to hearing and receiving what God speaks to your heart and mind.
Thank you for joining us in prayer on Wednesday.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church