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Week of Prayer for the UMC Way Forward

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January 8, 2017 - January 14, 2017

Eastern PA to help launch UMC prayer vigil in 2017

The Eastern PA Conference will help lead off a more than yearlong United Methodist prayer vigil in 2017 by being the second conference to gather daily, even hourly in many places for a full week of prayer together. Our urgent cause for prayer could be the very future of the denomination.

January 8-14, 2017, is Eastern PA’s week to participate in the Council of Bishops’ Praying Our Way Forward Initiative. We are asked to pray for “the church’s effectiveness in fulfilling our mission of making disciples and for the outcome of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.” Learn More

Prayer Vigil January 8-14, 2017

This prayer vigil serves as a response to the Council of Bishops initiative for Praying Our Way Forward. Together, let’s be in a posture of prayer for the church. I invite You – clergy, laity, congregations, and small groups across the Eastern PA Conference to pray for God’s guidance.

Our prayer focus is twofold: We are praying that God will help us to more effectively fulfill the mission of the church and we are praying to be one in Christ.

During this time, I also recommend reading Dr. Elaine Heath’s new book, God Unbound: Wisdom for the Anxious Church.

Please also join me on Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 pm at Lima UMC, 209 N. Middletown Road, Lima, PA  19037 for a conference-wide prayer service.

The Northwest District will also sponsor a special prayer service and vigil at First UMC Schuylkill Haven at 420 Saylor Street, Jan. 11, beginning at 6 PM. The service will include congregational, individual and small-group prayers. A concert of prayer will follow from 7 to 9 PM, after which attendees will be invited “to linger and abide in prayer” throughout the night until dawn. People will be invited to remain in prayer for as long as they are able and to leave as they must. The event is open to all.

If you or your church would like to have a paper copy of the prayer vigil form, please feel free to click on the link below, download the document and print.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson


January 8, 2017
January 14, 2017


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