The Alabama-West Florida Conference is participating in the "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative. The denomination-wide initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and will conclude in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018.
The week started with a prayer from Bishop David Graves. Click here or read below
. Throughout the week prayers will be posted from the AWF district superintendents. Bishop Graves is also asking local churches with chimes or bells to sound them on Wednesday, September 13 , 2017, from 5:23-5:30pm.
Imagine: By Faith It Can Happen
As the storms of hurricanes rage in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico this day, we turn in faith to you Jesus, and place our faith that in the midst of the storms you are ever present. In this crucial time of discernment for the United Methodist Church, we imagine by faith that your assuring grace would unify our purpose for building Your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
We, in the United Methodist Church, tend to create storms of fear and disunity. Hear our prayers! May we find ourselves empowered by your Holy Spirit focused on the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We seek to imagine by faith, it can happen.
In the words of St. Francis, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.”
As we seek your way forward for us called United Methodists, we lift before you the members of the Commission on the Way Forward. Pour out your Holy Spirit as they seek to give guidance that by faith, they can begin to imagine your way. We pray for the Council of Bishops that will soon discern efforts that have been completed and work yet to be done.
It may seem to be an overwhelming task, but help us to be a people that imagine by faith. A people unified on mission, led by scripture, so that your will be done!