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Praying Our Way Forward

Holston Conference Week of Prayer - September 24-30, 2017

An Invitation From Bishop Dindy Taylor:

“If My people, who belong to Me humbly pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
- II Chronicles 7:14

As Solomon seeks to continue his father King David’s legacy of faithfulness, God expects three things of the faithful: to humbly pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.

Dear friends,
I am asking you to pray for our United Methodist Church that we will truly seek God’s face and wisdom.  During the week of September 24-30, 2017 let us unite our voices humbly asking God to bless and empower our Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; and praying for God’s guidance for the Council of Bishops and the Commission on the Way Forward. This 32 member Commission has been working for two years to clarify the Church’s understanding of human sexuality and how God is calling us to be in ministry with all people. The General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri on February 23-26, 2019 to make decisions based on the findings of the Commission.

The aim of “Praying Our Way Forward” is to ask and listen for God’s leadership by praying daily and fasting weekly for our church, mission, and future.

  • For a bulletin insert, click here.
  • For a prayer for each day of the week, click here.
  • For a schedule for each district’s day of prayer, click here.
  • For daily devotions and more information on “Praying Our Way Forward,” visit umcprays.org.
  • For more information on the Commission on the Way Forward, visit umc.org.

For more information on the context of the church’s actions around human sexuality, the book Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism was authored by Rev. Wil Cantrell, Holston pastor at Concord UMC, Oak Ridge District, and member of the 2016 General Conference Delegation.
 

Read about Praying Our Way Forward in this story from The Call

'Way Forward' leads pastor to write book about UMC future

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2017) -- The Rev. Wil Cantrell has enough to do. He’s a pastor, the father of three small children, a five-time marathon runner and a member of several committees and teams. ...

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