Laity Session kicks off Annual Conference 2022

Laity Session kicks off Annual Conference 2022

June 03, 2022

The Laity Session once again kicked off Annual Conference 2022 in its first hybrid format.
 
One of the highlights is celebrating new Certified Lay Ministers and School for Lay Ministry graduates.
 
“Congratulations is not a big enough word for the milestone we mark with you today,” said Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen. You heard a call, you responded, you followed through on a long path. We are confident that God will use each one of you in a wonderful way.”


See an album of images from AC2022 Laity Session

 


 The Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck informed the group about the current happenings in the episcopal office and the general church.
 
She spoke about the current struggle in the church and said that a goal of the episcopal office is “being committed to loving one another through this.”
 
“How can we talk about unity in a time of disunity in our church, in our world and why is it so important today?” she asked. “I know that God is asking any iteration of methodism to focus on the world because the world is in dire need of the church. Are you with me on that?”
 
She ended by inviting the laity to be “do something” people.
 
“Do something for God’s grace in your local communities, your state, your world,” she said.
 
The Board of Laity celebrated the work of Dan and Jean Houston, dedicating $500 a year out of the Ingathering budget to Bidwell Riverside. 
 
Lastly, the group learned about Oleg and Yulia of Ukraine, he a District Superintendent and she the pastor of the Methodist congregation in Kyiv. Laity Session joined in a Prayer for Peace developed by the European Methodist Council, written below.
 
Jesus says: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Please pray responsively. The words of response are on the screen.

Silence 

Creator God, 
we offer you our prayers for the peace of your world. 
For the well-being and safety of our sisters and brothers in Ukraine and in Russia: 
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. 
 
For wisdom for those who hold power,
that they might work together for the good of all people: 
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. 
 
For those who are or will become displaced because of conflict
and for those who offer welcome and sanctuary: 
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. 
 
For peace in our own lives, families and churches,
that we might offer justice, dignity and love for all: 
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. 
 
Gracious God, hear our prayers. 
In the name of Jesus Christ, 
the Prince of Peace. Amen.