I believe that prayer makes a difference. This is why I ask a team of persons to pray regularly for specific prayer concerns and joys that I send them. It is why I am a part of the Council of Bishops Praying Our Way Forward team. It is why the longer I live the more time I spend in prayer.
So you can understand the reason I am excited about the March 10, 2018, North Alabama Conference Bishops’ Day of Prayer at Clearbranch United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. I encourage each clergy and lay member of our Annual Conference to join Bishop Young Jin Cho and me for this day of prayer centered on the theme, “Lord Teach us to Pray: Prayerful Living in a Broken World.” In addition, please consider inviting at least one person from your church who “majors” in prayer to accompany you in participating in this experience.
Besides plenary sessions and worship, participants may choose two prayer workshops. In addition to Bishop Cho and myself, workshop leaders are Tom Albin, Robert Benson, R.G. Wilson-Lyons, Terry Tekyl and Dana Trent. Their collective wisdom on the topic of prayer will offer all of us many new insights. You may choose to have one of your sessions be an exploration of self-guided experiential prayer at prayer stations that will be set up around the Clearbranch campus. Some examples are a prayer labyrinth, Protestant prayer beads and a Longing Tree.
The registration fee of $30 includes breakfast bakery items and lunch. You may register today at www.umcna.org/bishopsdayofprayer.
I look forward to many of us gathering on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for prayer and learning. It will make a difference — not only in our individual lives, but also in our churches, communities and world.
As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
North Alabama Conference