In May, delegates and church leaders from around the world will convene in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 2020 General Conference. Much has gone into the preparations for this global gathering, and significant work will be before this body when it meets May 5-15. As we journey through Lent toward the cross and the promise of resurrection, let us remember those who serve in leadership throughout The United Methodist Church.
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston invites South Carolina United Methodists to join him in a season of focused prayer in the 40 days leading up to the General Conference – Thursday, March 26, through Monday, May 4. When we join together in prayer each day, we remember who we are and whose we are as disciples of Jesus Christ. Each day, we have the opportunity to be for someone the Gospel that they may never otherwise hear.
As United Methodist sisters and brothers, we will continue our kingdom work to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, sustained by hope and our faith in God’s promises. We cannot avoid uncertainty, but we can respond with faith rather than fear. Together each day, let us join one another in prayer, trusting that God hears every word:
Eternal God, we give thanks for the sacrifice you made for us. Help us rise up to the challenge of living as your disciples. Focus our minds on divine things rather than human things. We willingly pick up our cross, ready to follow you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Loving God, open our eyes that we may see you. Open our hearts, abide with us. Use our lives to share your good news with a world in desperate need of you. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
God of glory, your love and grace are sufficient. Use our times of suffering to build endurance, character and hope. For what more could we ask? Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Almighty God, we know that nothing can separate us from your love. Focus our hearts on your will and your purpose so that our lives can be a testimony to the love and grace that you freely give. Through your Son, Amen.
Living God, turn our focus toward heaven. Show us how to walk in your way – by faith, not by sight. Increase our confidence as we strive to serve you faithfully. Amen.
God of hope, you shine light out of the darkness. All power and glory belong to you. We are yours. Use us so the life of Jesus will be made visible through our words and actions. Amen.
Covenantal God, we hang on to your promise of hope, and it carries us toward the future without fear. Guide us so we might endure patiently to overcome adversity while pursuing truth. Use us to make a difference in this world. Amen.