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Our denomination is in a struggle right now. At our General Conference we could not agree with each other about how the church embraces or doesn’t issues around our human sexuality and particularly regarding homosexuality, and the LBGTQI community. A commission was created, The Commission on the Way Forward, with our world wide church represented within that body, to discern over a two year period a way forward for us that we pray keeps us united. Beginning January of 2017, a commitment of prayer was called for that will run until a special session of the General Conference happens in mid 2018. Every Conference around the globe has been asked to take a week to intentionally pray for Christ’s body of the UMC. Our week in July 9-15. Here is the first day’s prayer to get you started. Even after this week your prayers are needed to help us move forward in the will of Christ for his church. God bless and keep you and our church in these days.

Pastor Karen

Day 1
Praying for the UMC
The second phase of the “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative was launched on New Year’s Day this year.  It is 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church and the work of the Commission on A Way Forward.  We in the Alaska United Methodist Conference have been assigned this week (July 9-15) to pray for the denomination.

Our prayer focus for today is: The United Methodist Church.  To learn more about the UMC, click here.

Today’s prayer was written by Rev. Charles D. Brower, pastor at Community United Methodist Church in Nome, AK:

A prayer from Colossians 3:
God made us holy and loved beyond measure, likewise let us live with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Above all – LOVE. May Christ’s peace rule our hearts in all we do, all we experience, and in all our daily lives.  As we strive for disciples, remember always – do it all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, give thanks to our Creator. Amen and amen.

We invite you to set aside time today, individually or in groups, to pray with others around the conference for the UMC. We also invite you to share the prayer and invitation to your networks on social media. To learn more about the “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative, click here.