Nov. 12-18: NYAC Week of Prayer for "Way Forward"

Nov. 12-18: NYAC Week of Prayer for "Way Forward"


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton invites you to join him in a special week of prayer for the work of the Commission on the Way Forward starting Sunday, November 12. Throughout 2017, each of the United Methodist Church conferences around the world, have been praying during a designated week for the discernment, work, mission and members of the commission.

He asks that on Sunday, all members of the New York Conference join together in prayer, and that each of the districts cover the six other days of the week, as follows:

Monday: Long Island East
Tuesday: Long Island West
Wednesday: Catskill Hudson
Thursday: Metropolitan
Friday: Connecticut
Saturday: New York/Connecticut

The weeks of prayer are the second phase of the “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative that was created by the Council of Bishops. The initiative lasts for 75 weeks and began January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wraps up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018.

Churches and individuals are invited to join the initiative by praying daily and fasting weekly for our church, mission and future. The Upper Room has developed, a website where spiritual leaders and intercessors can share prayers, information and resources. The site has prayer resources for individuals, families, small groups, districts, and annual conference events, as well as promotional ideas and information about the commission members and the weekly prayer schedule.

During phase 1 of the new initiative, 84 bishops of the church spent 15 minutes each day for four months in prayer for the selection and initial work of the Commission on A Way Forward.

Let us join the bishop – and United Methodists around the world – in praying for God’s guidance to effectively fulfill the mission of the church.