Dear brothers and sisters of the North Georgia Annual Conference,
We have been invited to enter into a week of prayer for the Commission on a Way Forward from March 19-26. The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward was appointed by the Council of Bishops following General Conference 2016 to study matters of human sexuality and to strengthen the unity of The United Methodist Church. It is our honor and privilege to be the part of our sacred connection that surrounds the Commission on a Way Forward with fervent prayer during this special week, and to continue to remember them in prayer daily in the months to come. We invite you to be part of our North Georgia prayer movement in the following ways:
- A special web page has been set up for you to post public prayers for all to use in their times of personal prayer at www.ngumc.org/prayingourwayforward. Please submit your prayers to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the initial prayer on Sunday. If you plan special prayer times or set aside times for your chapels/sanctuaries to be open for prayer, I invite you to publicize the information on this page in case others would like to share in them with you.
- Pray for the Way Forward Commission in your worship services on March 19 or 26. Special bulletin inserts are available to use in your congregations.
- The Council of Bishops has been praying for The Way Forward Commission for months, and each bishop has agreed to remember them in prayer at a certain time each day. I have been praying for them each night at 9 p.m. During the North Georgia week of prayer, I invite you to join me in prayer at 9 p.m. each night from March 19-26 so that we all are united in this sacred activity. I have been praying for each member individually, for God’s wisdom and direction, and for the group’s work together.
Each day, as I travel throughout our annual conference, I have the joy of witnessing first-hand the life-changing work God is doing through our connection by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amazing ministry is going on in so many places! Our connection, while not perfect, is a precious gift from God to celebrate and preserve. I covet your prayers for The Commission on a Way Forward and our United Methodist Church.
Yours in Christ,