Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

July 17, 2020

Bishop Laurie offers this prayer for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church's 2020 Legislative Session.

O Creator and Redeemer God,

In a few days, we will gather in your presence and as your faithful disciples at the Legislation Session of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference. In 1744, your servants John and Charles Wesley first met with a few clergy to consider how they should proceed to save their own souls and those who heard them. They quickly agreed to invite the lay preachers who were in the house to join them.

276 years later, ever-renewing God, you are still bringing us together as United Methodists every year – clergy and laity – to worship, fellowship, learn, conference together, and leave inspired to be difference makers in our communities, state, and world. 

This year, however, we will gather in a different way. Even though we are one body of Christ, we will be physically separated from one another because of COVID-19. We confess that we desperately want to see each other face to face. Yet we know that the health of our state, nation, and the world depends on necessary social distancing.

And so, God, as we prepare our hearts and minds to be transformed by this annual conference, we pray:

  • For all those behind the scenes who are enabling this shortened legislative session to run smoothly
  • For our lay and clergy delegates, who are learning a new way to participate electronically 
  • For wisdom in our collective discernment and decision-making
  • For our local churches, which have been engaged in amazing, transformative ministries during this time when in-house worship has not been possible 
  • For a fresh outpouring of your Holy Spirit, that it will renew The United Methodist Church in Iowa. May we continue to witness to your unending grace and hope. Amen. 

Bishop Laurie Haller


AC2020 Legislative Session

You are invited to watch the AC2020 live-stream which you can access here. The legislative session begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. 

  • AC2020 Legislative Session Agenda - PDF

Access the Pre-Conference Manual - here

Service for the Ordering of Ministry Iowa Annual Conference UMC at Broadway United Methodist Church

  • Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 2:00 pm Livestream from Council Bluffs Broadway:
  • The Service of Word and Table for the Ordination of Elders, the Commissioning of Provisional Members and Deaconess, Recognition of Orders, and Recognition of Associate Member and COS Graduates.

Both services can also be viewed here:

AC2020 Laity Session

All Iowa United Methodists are invited to attend the AC2020 Laity Session Zoom Webinar on Sunday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m.

The Annual Conference Laity Session is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other United Methodists as we gather through a Zoom Webinar. During the Laity Session, you will hear a message of hope from Bishop Laurie Haller and interact with a panel of Mental Health professionals. They will address how we can better cope with multiple challenges currently facing individuals, families, and congregations. There will be time for Q&A.

We will also recognize new School for Lay Ministry graduates and Certified Lay Ministers, meet the Board of Laity, hear uplifting music from the high school gospel choir, Bridges 2 Harmony, and experience so much more! The link is below.
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AC2020 Memorial Service

The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Memorial Service was pre-recorded. You can view it here.

AC2020 Retirement Service

The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Retirement Service was pre-recorded. You can view it here.