O God whose nature and name is love:
We pray for the light that shines in the darkness, the radiant light that we see in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Give us the faith to grow into his likeness, and give us the confidence to follow him.
We pray for the faithfulness of the church—that we would walk in your ways, trusting in your providence, listening for your voice.
We pray for the fruitfulness of the church—that we would make new disciples of Jesus Christ, in new places and in new ways, for the transformation of the world.
And we pray for the unity of the church—that we would live with a heart of peace and insofar as it depends on us, that we would seek to live in peace with all people.
May the work that has been done by the Commission on a Way Forward and the Council of Bishops, and is now in the hands of the General Conference, be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you.
And may we, the people of the United Methodist Church, more fully offer to the world the grace that we have received, the grace that has brought us safe thus far, and the grace that will lead us home.
In the name of Jesus, our teacher and healer and for the sake of his body, the church.
A word today for LGBTQ persons:
You are of sacred worth. You are not the problem. You are not out there. You have been in every church I have ever served. You have blessed me and our family. Your gifts strengthen the church. And my calling, for you and all people, is to remove the obstacles to your experience of the grace of God, and especially in the life of the United Methodist Church.
|Here, with two amazing bishops and good friends, Tracy Smith Malone and Gregory Palmer.|
Blessings to you all.
Resident Bishop, Florida Conference
President, Council of Bishops
United Methodist Church