Sunday, June 22, 2014

Praying for 2014 General Conference

The Connectional Prayer Ministry (CPM) invites all members and friends of the CME Church to continued prayer for the 37th Quadrennial Session and 38th General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

The 2014 General Conference will be held Saturday, June 28 to Friday July 4, 2014 in Baltimore, MD.  The gathering of our laity and clergy from across the church will begin on Friday, June 27, 2014 with registration and the Episcopal District Caucuses.

Please join us in our various opportunities for corporate prayer:
·        A Week of Consecration.  The CPM is calling on all churches and individual members to a week of Consecration with prayer and fasting leading up to the General Conference.
·        General Conference Prayer Call.  We will hold a special prayer call on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM (CST), leading up to the General Conference.  Please see call information below.
·        Opening Day.  The CPM will hold special prayer directly following the Caucus meetings in the assigned prayer room.  Please stop in for a moment of prayer.

·        Prayer Room & Prayer Walkers.  The Prayer Room will be open for prayer throughout the Conference’s daily operational hours.  In addition, intercessors will cover the General Conference daily in prayer both in the Prayer Room and walking across the Convention Center.  You will be able to identify Prayer Workers with a special badge or ribbon.

Additional plans are be worked to keep those who will not be available to attend engaged in prayer throughout the General Conference.

The Pre-Conference Prayer Call for the General Conference will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM (CST).  The call-in number is (605) 475-4700, Access Code 824541#.
All delegates, alternates, candidates, leaders, and members are invited to join in prayer for the life and witness of the Church for the glory of God.

We offer this prayer on behalf of our Church:
“Lord God, thank you for the CME Church.  Please use us as a vessel of your glory and grace to the world.  As we gather together for General Conference, please remind us of Your special call on our church.  Help us to remember who You have called us to be and what You have called us to do.  As we come, let us be humbled by Your presence, guided by Your wisdom, guarded by Your power, and lifted by Your love.  Help us to keep the main thing, the main thing and use this time to honor Your Will and lift this Church to Higher Heights.

We pray for our Bishops, General Officers, Judicial Council, delegates, alternates, and all our attending CME family and friends, for divine health, divine strength, and divine direction.  We pray especially for our brothers and sisters offering themselves for service in the Church, for them to receive the grace and strength to walk in whatever service is given them by the Church.
We lift up those who are retiring and ending their season of service in whatever position they may be in.  We pray for the spouses and families of those in service to the General Church who moved from labor to reward as we celebrate their lives.

Lord God, we pray to do what is Biblical, moral, and meaningful in the upholding or amending of our laws and principles.  Give us clarity of heart and mind.
We thank you for all these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Rev. Kwesi R. Kamau, Coordinator

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