Prayer for General Conference
The joy of God is your strength ~ Nehemiah 8:10
Joy comes in the morning ~ Psalm 30
As we enter this 27th General Conference of Metropolitan Community Churches, we have many things to be grateful for and celebrate.
- We give thanks for and celebrate the life and witness of The Rev. Elder Troy Perry. His founding vision continues to change our world, save and restore lives, and keep hope alive.
- We give thanks for and celebrate the courage and conviction of MCC leaders and congregants in places as far separated as Missouri and Melbourne, yet united in their service to a love that knows no bounds.
Though we continue to face many challenges in our individual contexts and as a movement of faith, help us also to continue to hold to this truth: You are with us even until the end of the world, and in all things you work for good.
Be with us and work for good as we gather in Orlando. Help us to be mindful of the voices and contexts that will be crying out from afar to those with the privilege of coming together in one place.
Joy comes in the morning, says the Psalmist ~ after the night’s work, after the willingness to engage the issues and challenges that have been our burden to carry. --- May every decision rendered be born of your will for truth prevailing, for just and right relationship, for courage in working through and casting out all forms of prejudice and supremacy.
You made us, O God, we belong to you. Guide our every thought, word and deed to reflect that truth. May we find our strength and promise in celebrating your power to restore and renew.
We make this prayer, trusting in the name and the example of Jesus the Christ. +Amen
REV. ELDER PAT BUMGARDNER
Council of Elders
Metropolitan Community Churches