Bishop's Prayer for a Way Forward

January 15, 2017

O God of Light and Revelation,

We rejoice in your light, perfectly revealed in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that during this season of Epiphany, you will radiate your light through us in ways that transform us and draw others to you.

We lift up to you our beloved United Methodist Church. We are grateful for the many places around the globe where we play a role in your work of making disciples and transforming the world. We ask that you help us to become increasingly effective in fulfilling the mission which you have given to us.

We also pray for the members of the Commission on a Way Forward. Lead us, Holy Spirit, as we seek your way. Help us to reflect your amazing love and truth in our lives and witness. Keep us keenly sensitive to what messages our actions and words communicate—both to those within and beyond our church.

Triune God, we ask that you illumine our way forward with your light. We pray this prayer to you, the Creator who is still about the business of creating light . . . the Savior who comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World . . . and the Holy Spirit who shines your light on our daily paths. We are grateful for who you are and for the opportunity to live as your sons and daughters. Amen and Amen.

- Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, North Alabama Conference

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