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I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.


As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Sarah McKinney1 Thessalonians 5:17 The Message “Pray all the time”

 

I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution.  Maybe it’s because there wasn’t anything I’ve needed to drastically change… or because I didn’t think I would have the stamina to carry it out for a whole year. But this year I’m going to step out and make a commitment up front on something that is really worth it!

 

Prayer, and thus my relationship with God, is going to get more of my attention and time.  Prayer is something I can become passionate about, unlike the usual resolutions.   As I respond to God’s call I plan to explore the many resources available to help me along the way.

 

I usually practice something before I commit, so I can know that I can do it.  Therefore I am making plans that will assist me as I follow through on my resolution for the whole year.

 

 

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UMEIT - April 28, 2014
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Week of Prayer For Christian Unity
Week of Prayer logoThe Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). Mark you calendars and plan to participate January 18-25, 2014.  The theme poses the question "Has Christ been divided?" (1Cor 1:1-17).  Donwloadable resources are avialabe from the World Council of Churches .  Click here to order materials in print.
 
A Church Which Goes Forth

 

Bishop Heinrich BolleterThe first Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis being projected into the dilemmas of The United Methodist Church, By Bishop Heinrich Bolleter

The Church’s closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; “communion and mission are profoundly interconnected”. In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Luke 2:10). The Book of Revelation speaks of “an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people (Rev 14:6).
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