The California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church

Prayer for the Way Forward 2017 (Cal-Pac)

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Prayer for the Way Forward

The Council also named a parallel prayer initiative named “Praying our Way Forward.”  This initiative assigns a week of prayer for every Conference in The United Methodist Church.  The dates assigned to the California-Pacific Conference for prayer for the work of the Commission are August 27 thru September 2, 2017.

Our California-Pacifiic Conference Resident Bishop Grant J. Hagiya calls us to pray for specific areas of ministry each day…

Dear friend,

As I have been working on the Commission on the Way Forward, it has become increasing clear to me that all of our projections and planning, while important, cannot cover all the complexities of our church life. What I mean by this is that we cannot see everything and represent every position in the breadth of our church. Only God sees from that complete and whole perspective, and as much as we try to be in deep communion with God on the Commission, as human servants we come up short.

The only way we are going to positively move forward on this impasse over human sexuality is to turn to God, fall on our knees in humble confession, and ask for God’s direction and wisdom. This is the very reason our prayers are so important for the Commission’s work. I am convinced that as a member of the Commission, the most important thing for me to do is to pray. It is more important than my study, thinking, and strategizing for the Commission’s work. I need to simply pray!

I am asking you to join me in the most important thing that we can do for our church. It is now time for all of us to turn to God, and not rely on ourselves to come up with a way forward. God has a way for us, and if we are faithful in prayer, we may find it.

Please join me in prayer for our United Methodist Church:

Be the Hope,

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
California-Pacific Conference