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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Some 864 United Methodist lay and clergy delegates from around the world will gather in Portland Oregon in May for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Several thousand others will converge on the site of the gathering, which is held every four years. Many proposals will be offered, many decisions made, many inspirational moments will be streamed across the world and we will be reminded once again that our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The theme is “Therefore Go!”
Click here for resources for the Day of Prayer
The Council of Bishops has proposed that we circle the General Conference and indeed the whole church with a mantle of prayer. We are being invited as the Iowa Annual Conference to join with millions of fellow United Methodists in 131 days of prayer. Together we will be listening for God’s work for the current day and future of The United Methodist Church.
The Iowa Conference has been invited to engage in a Day of Prayer on Friday, February 19. These twenty-four hours will give us an opportunity, all across the state, in every emerging and existing United Methodist congregation and in every United Methodist home, to offer common witness and to pray for God’s awesome power to be felt during the May 10-20 assembly.
You're invited to commit a time to pray. You might sign up for an hour as an individual…or you may feel called to hold a special prayer time as a group - a Sunday School class, a youth group, or even as a congregation. You can sign up to participate in the Day of Prayer, and see who else will be praying with you at that time, by clicking here. It will be powerful and amazing to see the strength of the Iowa Conference through the numbers of people filling in the time sections.
Resources for the Iowa Conference Day of Prayer, including information about General Conference, suggested prayers, a bulletin insert, and a list of the names of the Iowa Conference delegates, can be found here. Your Communications Ministry Team and others have already been in prayer and working hard to create the opportunity for all of us to join together as one to lift our voices to God.
You can share the story of your participation in the Day of Prayer, in words and/or photos by clicking here or by posting to the Iowa Conference Facebook page or the Conference Twitter page using the hashtag: #ICGCPRAYER
We especially invite you to pray for six lay and six clergy of the Iowa Conference delegation, and indeed for all, who will commit to express the universal love of Jesus Christ through the work of the General Conference. Lives will be impacted by decisions made in May.
Through our day of prayer for the General Conference, on February 19, may we all recommitted our lives to serving Jesus Christ and all of God’s people!