Thoughts and Comments


Letters to the Editor

Prayer for Annual Conference

Loving God, you who formed us in our mother’s womb and who knew us before we were born, have mercy on us.

We are a broken people, striving to understand your will for our lives. We come to you, as the Body of Christ, struggling to understand one another. We continue to live in a changing world that is full of fear. We fear many things—those who are different from us, our unknown future and our denomination breaking further apart. As your disciples, we know that all barriers are broken down because we know that we are all children of God created in your image. We, though we are many, are one body, and when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer.

Give all of us ears to listen to how your Spirit is leading us and listen to one another. Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, and renew our spirit. Open our hearts, so that we may be compassionate to all those with whom we come in contact.

Gracious God, we acknowledge that talking about issues of sexuality are divisive, personal and emotional, and are apt to leave many people feeling hurt on both sides. Before we speak, let us be prayerful to choose our words wisely, so as to do no harm. We need to be mindful that our words and actions affect real people and their families.

God, we always need to keep you in the forefront of our mind. We call upon your Holy Spirit to guide us during this time, so that we can continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It’s in Jesus’ holy name that we pray, amen.

The Rev. Elizabeth Murray
West Columbia

Publication: South Carolina United Methodist Advocate; Date: June 2015; Page: 6