Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:
For nearly a year now, week by week, one of our United Methodist Annual Conferences has focused its prayer energy on Praying Our Way Forward. Each Annual Conference was assigned a week to focus in this way. The week for West Ohio to lead the way in prayer, especially in light of the work of the Commission On A Way Forward and the called session of the General Conference, is January 7-13, 2018.
So on Sunday, January 7, we will dig in as a conference and breathe together for a week of praying that God will shine a light on the way forward for The United Methodist Church to embrace unity and the enormous mission that God has asked us to share in.
We all have different rhythms and practices in prayer. However, I am asking that to the extent possible, we devote 12:00 Noon-12:15 pm for Praying Our Way Forward. Please know that you are invited to pray whenever you can and as much as you can each day the week of January 7-13, 2018.
To this end, I have provided a prayer for the week and a prayer for each day that offer a specific focus. You will also be able to post your own prayers on the Prayer Wall on the conference website.
Thank you in advance for joining this holy conspiracy. As always I am,
Your servant in Christ Jesus,
+Bishop Gregory V. Palmer