Moderator: Call from the Church

Moderator: Call from the Church

A prayer as the United Methodist Church prepares to vote on human sexuality
Published on: 
February 19, 2019

On February 23 delegates from the United Methodist Church are gathering to vote on a report that could change the wording in the Methodist Book of Discipline related to human sexuality.

Moderator Richard Bott offers a prayer, and invites the United Church to join in, for the Methodist gathering. Below, you will also find a letter from the Executive of the General Council to the United Methodist Church.

Will you pray with me?

 

Thank you, God,
for being with every part of what you have created,
all ways and always.

Thank you, God,
for loving us all,
in the midst of our debates and discussions,
with our debates and discussions,
and in spite of our debates and discussions.

Thank you, God,
for calling us to be the body of Christ,
the church, in all of its varied ways of being,
living and loving together, as Christ’s people,
in every part of the world.

We remember, with Paul,
that “when one part of the body suffers,
the whole body suffers…,”
so, today, we pray for our siblings in Christ,
your United Methodist Church;
especially for the members of the General Conference,
who gather this weekend to decide the future of that part of the body,
and the place of Jesus’ people who are
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer,
in that part of the body.
We pray for hearts that are open to hearing each other.
We pray for voices that speak in love.
We pray for all those who are experiencing pain and loss
as the discussions continue
and ask that your healing grace would pour down
upon each and every one of our United Methodist sibs,
that they might move forward, together,
in your love,
on your Way.

Ut omnes unum sint.
That all may be one.

In the name of the Creator,
in the peace of Christ,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
we ask it,
loving God.

Amen.

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