Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A Prayer for Jurisdictional Conference

Almighty and everlasting Father, who by your Holy Spirit presided in the council of the apostles, and has promised, through your Son Jesus Christ, to be with your Church to the end of the world;

we humbly ask you to be with the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, assembling next week in Harrisburg.

Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice;

grant a special blessing upon the delegation from Western Pennsylvania, especially our brother Eric Park, who has been nominated to be consecrated to the episcopacy;

and out of your great mercy direct, sanctify, and govern the entire Conference in their work, by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, that the Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the destruction of the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death;

till at length the whole of your dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life;

through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.
- adapted from The Book of Common Prayer 1928


Eric Park said...

What a powerful prayer, brother.

I'm printing it out and carrying it with me to Jurisdictional Conference. Your prayer will help me to remain in the Holy Center, come what may.

Thank you, Keith.

Barb said...

I am glad that you identified where that prayer came from, I actually thought before reading it to the end that it may be your style of prayer or conversations with God. Whoa! I was worried!

But I join you in prayer this week and into the next for Jurisdictional Conference, and the delegates!

Barb :-/