Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Every Church Invited to Sign Up for an Hour of Prayer


Dear Friends,

Prayer makes a difference! Indeed prayer transforms not only situations, but also those who pray.

The Council of Bishops has committed to lead the denomination in prayer during the 131 days prior to General Conference (May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon). Each of the 131 United Methodist Annual Conferences in our global church will pray around the clock one day between now and General Conference. This means that as a denomination we will have prayed without ceasing from the first of the year through General Conference. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Will you join me on February 5, 2016, in praying for our church’s mission, witness and unity in Christ?

Our prayer team is coordinating North Alabama’s prayer endeavors with a day that will include:

  • a 24-hour prayer vigil;
  • some churches opening their chapels or sanctuaries for come and go prayer
  • a variety of special groups praying with us;
  • services in a number of places.

I encourage every church to consider signing up for at least one hour of prayer on February 5. A prayer vigil sign-up form can be found on the Conference website. Click here to add your name or your church’s name.

Many thanks to our prayer team for planning this day. Prayer team members are Jeff Armbrester, Dave Bailey, Alan Beasley, Bob Bentley, Dean Bowers, Kim Bryan, Paula Calhoun, Lyn Cosby, Joanne Finley, Courtney Haden, Bentley Patrick, Daniel Pope, Judy Shepherd, Roger Short, Joyce Snyder, Pam Townsend, Amy Parsons Vaughn, Peter von Herrmann, Becky Warren, Rusty Williams and Lisa Wolfe.

Yes, prayer makes a difference. I am grateful that we are a praying people.

As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Conference

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