A Prayer From Bishop Leeland
A prayer from Bishop Leeland in response to the UNCC shooting:
Almighty and Merciful God, hear our prayer for our fractured, broken, and sinful world, and in your love, grant us your mercy and healing.
The consequences of evil and sin break our hearts. As we confess our tolerance of violence, we also give thanks that Christ is reconcilingly all things in heaven and on earth. May we see signs of your healing presence in the sadness of this moment.
Ease the pain, hurt, fear, and dismay felt by students, faculty, and staff over the devastation at the University of North Carolina: Charlotte. Hear our prayers of thanksgiving for the courageous actions of those who responded so quickly.
Bestow your grace on us that we might be strengthened and protected against the assaults of evil. Give us the courage to model for the world the peace that passes all understanding.
Draw us ever closer to you, O Lord, that we might have the mind of Christ as we pray the ancient prayer of the Church, “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.”
Transform us completely that we might receive your grace and spiritual strength to do your holy will in all things.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.