Prayer For An Upcoming Event
Lord God, we turn over every proceeding, every breakout meeting, every item of legislation, every delegate conversation, every word from the session floorall of it, Lord, we turn over to you, asking that by the power of your Holy Spirit, it might be fruitful toward resetting and reestablishing the doctrine, spirit, and discipline on which we first set out. Lead us away from any manner of conversation, legislative act, or proceeding that would lure us into the embrace of empty religion which manifests the form but lacks the power. Lead your Methodist people to life-giving decisions. Amen.
God, in the quietness of this moment, help us to hear your voice and know what you have called us to do. Help us, Lord, to remember that this is really all about you and your amazing grace through Jesus Christ. Fill us with your presence that in doing the business of the day, we experience your kingdom breaking through. Bind us together with your Spirit to be a unified body, holy in our diversity, and wise in understanding. May our decisions reflect the beautiful nature of Christ to the world: life-giving and transforming, a sign of peace and hope. Amen.
Gracious God, we pray for the safety and well-being of those traveling from around the world to meet in Portland, Oregon. We pray that you let your Holy Spirit be in their midst and that you will prepare their hearts and minds to be receptive to your word. Let their love for Christ be the unity by which they make decisions to honor you and to honor one another in their faith. Direct the tone and nature of the discussions, and let everything be done and said to your glory. Let the words of their mouth and the meditation of their hearts be acceptable to thee, oh God. We ask these blessings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty and gracious God, as we prepare for General Conference in Portland, have mercy on your church, troubled and divided. Pour out your heavenly blessings; redeem, restore and remold your church until we are made new, that we may be one in Christ for the sake of the world. Instill within delegates humble hearts and discerning minds that hunger and thirst for your righteousness and justice, and your vision for our future. Through the decisions and spirit of General Conference, renew in the whole church a passionate longing for the coming of your kingdom, and unite us in one mission: to reach and make new disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. Amen.
God, you have given me every good and perfect gift,
and you are generous without finding fault.
Help me to stay calm as I wait for news.
Whatever happens, be with me,
and help me to know the wisdom
that comes from heaven,
through Jesus Christ your Son.
Loving God, bless your servant N
whose birthday is today;
give him/her a joyful heart as he/she celebrates
and remembers all who have brought riches to
and be with him/her,
over the coming year and for ever.
We give thanks and rejoice in the hard work, fun, and fellowship that our staff, volunteers, and all those unknown to us played in making our event a wonderful experience for all.
May we find gladness and satisfaction in all of our successes,
and even in our challenges and lessons.
May this experience of teamwork and sacrifice strengthen our bond as a staff and deepen our commitment to our mission to serve others.
Grant all us rest and renewal in the coming days so that we may continue to serve you faithfully and without ceasing.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus the Christ.
Dear heavenly Father, we thank you for gatherings all of us today in this important event. May you bestow your guidance and blessings on this event so that we can enjoy and appreciate its significance in our lives. Bless everyone present today that each may be able to share what she or he has for your glory and honor.
Grant good health and safety to loved ones left at home and peace and goodwill to all men. May the various activities related to this event be a success, through your intervention.
We ask all of these in your name, Amen.