May 9, 2016

Prayers of the People for General Conference

Let us offer our prayers for all those who take council for the renewal of our church and all those gathered at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, by saying God of grace and God of glory, grant us courage, grant us wisdom.

Watch over all those who travel to and from Portland, Oregon over the course General Conference. Enfold them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to the end of the journey. God of grace and God of glory, grant us courage, grant us wisdom.

Enliven all the delegates to General Conference, especially the delegation from our New York Annual Conference. Guide them to perceive what is right, and grant them both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it. God of grace and God of glory, grant us courage, grant us wisdom.

Forgive the sins and failures of our past, and reveal new possibilities for our future. We pray that we will be able to discern what we must let go of and what we need to hold onto in our common life in order to follow Jesus more clearly. God of grace and God of glory, grant us courage, grant us wisdom.

Direct all those who are involved with the General Conference so that their actions will support the least, the last and the outsiders. We pray the resolutions of the General Conference are full of compassion and love, and allow us to join God’s mission in the world. God of grace and God of glory, grant us courage, grant us wisdom.

Finally, give your blessing to John Street Church’s contribution to General Conference. May our story enlighten and inspire. May we be blessed to discover new friends and partners in ministry through this incredible opportunity. God of grace and God of glory, grant us courage, grant us wisdom.

Eternal God, in your Son Jesus Christ you redeemed all of human history and called us to proclaim the Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection to the ends of the earth and to the end of the age: pour out your Spirit afresh upon The United Methodist Church and our General Conference, help us to rejoice in our past and give us courage to trust your power to shape our future, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Adapted from the Prayer of the People for 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

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