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Praying Our Way Forward January 13-19



JANUARY 15, 2019

Prayer Theme: We Stand on Holy Ground

Together, we enter this 34th week of the Council of Bishops’ call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are five more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. David Ralls Reed, Laity, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Schuyler J. Lowe-McCracken, Clergy, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Elyse Jeanette Bell, Laity, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  4. Edward Royal Bromley II, Clergy, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  5. Frederick K. Brewington, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  6. Timothy J. Riss, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  7. Gail Douglas-Boykin, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  8. Noel Newton Chin, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  9. Jorge Alfonso Lockward, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  10. Kristina D. Hansen, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  11. Dorothee Elisabeth Benz, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  12. Alexandre DeSilva-Souto, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  13. Kevin G. Goodwin, Laity, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Derrick Emmanuel Porter, Clergy, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  15. William Westbrook Jr., Laity, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Megan Kyoko Shitama Weston, Clergy, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Eric Stephen Park, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Nancy Denardo, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Robert Frank Zilhaver, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  20. Richard Christian Hoffman, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Alyce Weaver Dunn, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Paul Michael Morelli, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Amy R. Wagner, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Diane M. Miller, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  25. William Bright Meekins Jr., Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Vicki Jean Stahlman, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  27. John William Seth, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Teresa L. Keese, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Laura Anne Merrill, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Abel Vega Jr., Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. Teresa Gayle Welborn, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  32. Ralph Gene Thompson, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  33. Eradio Valverde Jr., Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  34. Carol K. Loeb, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  35. Carl Walter Rohlfs, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  36. Jefferson (Jay) Kearn Brim, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  37. Edgar Avitia-Legarda, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference: Mujinga Kashala

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:  Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and her spouse, Allen Johnson, of the North Georgia Episcopal Area
Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata and his spouse, Greta Hoshibata, of the Phoenix Episcopal Area
Bishop Jonathan L. Holston and his spouse, Felecia Holston, of the Columbia Episcopal Area
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson and her spouse, Michael Johnson, of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area
Bishop Scott Jones and his spouse, Mary Lou Reece, of the Houston Episcopal Area
Bishop Rudy Juan and his spouse, Leigh Juan, of the Davao Episcopal Area

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Jorge Acevedo, USA, Florida, elder

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) focuses on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination. The General Secretary of this agency is Erin M. Hawkins. Click here for more information. http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/qa-general-commission-on-religion-and-race

Praying our Way Forward January 6 - 12



JANUARY 6, 2019

Prayer Theme: The Poverty of God

Together, we enter this 33nd  week of the Council of Bishops’ call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are six more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Martha Ensley Stokes, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Thomas Martin Berlin, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Warren Randolph Harper, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  4. Meredith Leigh McNabb, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  5. Shirley Marie Cauffman, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  6. Jane Denise Honeycutt, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  7. Nathaniel Leon Bishop, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  8. Clarence Rutherford Brown Jr., Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  9. Virginia Leigh Greer, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  10. Tammy Lynn Estep, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  11. Darlene Van Camp Amon, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  12. Theodore Smith, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  13. Joyce Cecile Winston, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Ileana Rosario, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Gene Dwight Mims, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Peter Mason Moon, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Elizabeth Nicola Christian, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Richard Kendall Soulen, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Alison Marie Malloy, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  20. Mark Victor Ogren, Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Marshall Siddons Bailey, Laity, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Robert Emory Vaughn Jr., Clergy, Virginia, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Nibron Galadima Haruna, Clergy, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  24. Tanko Lawrence Ayuba, Laity, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  25. Habila Balasa Bala, Laity, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  26. Gladys Maisule Apson, Laity, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  27. Eunice Musa Iliya, Clergy, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  28. Ande Ikimun Emmanuel, Clergy, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  29. Sheriff Isaac Simon, Clergy, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  30. Thomas Azanchi Bakawe, Clergy, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  31. Luka Bitrus, Laity, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  32. Abel Nemuel Lamido, Clergy, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  33. Ishaku Bagudu Nuhu, Laity, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  34. Joyce Madanga, Laity, Southern Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  35. James Charles Nibbelink, Laity, Desert Southwest, Western Jurisdiction, USA
  36. Daniel D. Hurlbert, Clergy, Desert Southwest, Western Jurisdiction, USA
  37. Marie Louise Kuch-Stanovsky, Laity, Pacific Northwest, Western Jurisdiction, USA
  38. Mary Kohlstaedt Huycke, Clergy, Pacific Northwest, Western Jurisdiction, USA
  39. Donald L. McCammon, Laity, Yellowstone Western Jurisdiction, USA
  40. Tyler Flint Amundson, Clergy, Yellowstone Western Jurisdiction, USA

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Samuel (Duncan) McMillan, IV.

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Francey Hooton – Page & Marshall Coordinator.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Ciriaco Francisco and his spouse Restetita Francisco of the Manila Episcopal Area
Bishop David Graves and his spouse Nancy Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Episcopal Area
Bishop Grant Hagiya and his spouse Jan Hagiya of the Los Angeles Episcopal area
Bishop Laurie Haller and her spouse, Gary Haller, of the Iowa Episcopal Area
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, President-Designate of the Council of Bishops; and her spouse, Dean Harvey, of the Louisiana Episcopal Area

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Alfiado S. Zunguza, Africa, Mozambique, elder.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
The Rev. Kim Cape, D. Min., serves at the General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). This agency builds capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim, and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation.

Sevens Prayer

Sevens Prayer

 

Mark, Matthew, and Luke's gospels all share that Jesus took an extended period of time of prayer and fasting to prepare for the beginning of his ministry:

 

Mark 1:12-14 12 Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness. 13 He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.

 

Matthew and Luke give us insight into specifically how the enemy tries to tempt Jesus in three ways: disrupting Jesus' fast, worshiping the devil, and treating God's power and protection like a toy. The devil's attempts contain scripture but are not scriptural. Jesus sees right through it. The devil fails.

 

Our New Year's Fast is something like this: we are preparing, as a body, to enter into this year's decisions and ministry with the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit, just like Jesus. In this New Year we are making Big Decisions about our future. Will you join me in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th, Thursday, January 10th, Friday, January 11th, and Saturday, January 12th? It's not every day that we call special times to pray. And it's not every day that we consider a major decision to strike a business deal to cede our property to commercial ventures—one in this case that would cause us to take down the sanctuary and the “west wing” and either renovate or rebuild the remainder of our facility either on the current property in downtown Silverdale or elsewhere. That's big! That's why I am opening up lots of opportunities to pray.

 

Here's how it will look:

 

Sevens Prayer

 

  • Four nights: Wednesday, January 10th through Saturday, January 12

  • 7:00 p.m. start

  • Finish by 8:00 p.m. unless the Holy Spirit moves us otherwise

  • Low-structure: Much of this time will be silent prayer. We will wait on the Lord together. There may be singing, but we will not have a band or sound system or video projectors turned on.

  • Listening Prayer: Waiting on the Lord and asking him for wisdom and discernment.

  • Matters for Intercessory Prayer:

    • The people of Kitsap and how we will reach and serve them

    • church members

    • church leaders

    • District Superintendent Mark Galang

    • Bishop Elaine Stanovsky

    • SUMC's physical plant needs

    • The United Methodist Church

  • A notebook will be available for people to jot down anything they believe may be from the Holy Spirit during their prayer time. This will be given consideration during our meeting Sunday.

 

Many of us are spending the first few weeks of this year fasting and making special time to pray and be with the Lord. This is a great opportunity to have some of that time—come share it with your brothers and sisters in Christ! Come to one or come to all of these prayer times. If you are unable to make it, set aside the 7:00 hour to pray at home. 2019 has Big Things ahead. And we want to be ready to meet them. Jesus' way.

Praying Our Way Forward December 30- January 5



DECEMBER 30, 2018

Prayer Theme: The Word Become Flesh

Together, we enter this 32nd  week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are seven more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Eli Sule Yakku, Clergy, Central Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  2. Napoleon Grummetti Adamu, Laity, Central Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  3. John Pena Auta, Clergy, Central Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  4. Mike Dio Jen, Laity, Central Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  5. Christy Yusuf Bulus, Clergy, Central Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  6. Dauda Idris Balasa, Laity, Central Nigeria, West Africa Central Conference
  7. Martha Delores Martin, Laity, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  8. Terri Rae Chattin, Clergy, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  9. Jennifer Ellon Ihlo, Laity, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  10. Joseph Wayne Daniels Jr., Clergy, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  11. Charles Eric Moore Jr., Laity, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  12. Jong Woo Park, Clergy, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  13. Cynthia Ann Taylor, Laity, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Ginger Elise Gaines-Cirelli, Clergy, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Joseph Thomas Price, Laity, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Conrad O. Link, Clergy, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Kenneth Ow, Laity, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Joan Eileen Carter-Rimbach, Clergy, Baltimore-Washington, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Evelyn S. Caterson, Laity, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  20. Thomas Albert Lank, Clergy, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Bethany Lin Amey, Laity, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Eunice Vega-Perez, Clergy, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Judy C. Colorado, Laity, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Jisun Kwak, Clergy, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  25. Rosa M. Williams, Laity, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Varlyna Donae Wright, Clergy, Greater New Jersey, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  27. David Ralls Reed, Laity, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Schuyler J. Lowe-McCracken, Clergy, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Elyse Jeanette Bell, Laity, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Edward Royal Bromley II, Clergy, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA.

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Bishop Rudy A. Juan

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Dick Hooton – Page & Marshall Coordinator

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the Boston Episcopal Area and his spouse, Prema Devadhar
Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area
Bishop Sally Dyck of the Chicago Episcopal Area and her spouse, Ken Ehrman
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling of the Washington Episcopal Area and her spouse, Marion Easterling
Bishop Robert Farr of the Missouri Episcopal Area and his spouse, Susan Farr

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
John Wesley Yohanna, Africa, Nigeria, bishop.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
The Rev. Junius Dotson was elected in 2016 to lead Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. This agency provides resources and services that assist clergy and laity leaders in annual conferences and local churches in their task of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about Discipleship Ministries, click here. To learn more about Junius Dotson, click here.

Advent Christmas - Christ

CHRIST

Pray that God will give you greater insight into what it means that
Jesus came to earth, and your heart will rejoice in the gift of our Messiah
this Christmas.

Read this scripture passage: Matthew 1:18–25

Consider this: There was a time when the Messiah was still a hope, a
prayer, or maybe even a dream. Today we think of Jesus coming to Earth
as an historic event. Try to put yourself in the place of ancient Israel,
desperately waiting for their Savior to appear. Every last hope of God’s
promises hangs on his arrival. How eagerly we would wait!

Reflection questions about our Scripture passage:

1. What details are important to Matthew (and so, to God) as the New
Testament opens with this description of Jesus’ Advent?

2. This passage includes the Holy Spirit (i.e, God), an angel, and a
prophecy. How do each of these underscore the importance of this
moment in time?

3. What assurances or promises are found—or fulfilled—in this
passage?

4. How would this passage be different if Jesus had not come?

Pray:

• for God to impress upon you the magnitude of Jesus’ Advent

• for the Holy Spirit’s help to worship in response to the great gift of
the Messiah

• for boldness and opportunity to share the Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace
of Jesus with someone you know

Additional Scriptures:
Feel free to use the same questions for reflection.
• Matthew 1:1–2:23
• Luke 1:1–2:52
(Read through the full account of Jesus’ Advent in Matthew 1 & 2
and Luke 1 & 2)

Advent Week 4 - Peace

PEACE

Pray that God will make his Peace real to you as you consider what it
means to know the Prince of Peace intimately.

Read this scripture passage: Colossians 1:19–23

Consider this: We often think of Peace in terms of human relationships,
and that kind of Peace is certainly a blessing. Here, the Bible talks about
Peace with God – a much greater blessing of infinite worth – which is
only possible because of Jesus’ death on the cross.

Reflection questions about our Scripture passage:

1. Why is Peace with God so much more valuable than Peace with
other people?

2. What are the descriptive words in these verses, and what do these
words tell us about ourselves, our God, and our Savior?

3. What assurances or promises are found in this passage?

4. How would this passage be different if Jesus had not come?

Pray:

• for God to let you know the incomparable Peace that only Jesus the
Savior can give

• with praise for the Prince of Peace who will bring Peace to all the
Earth when every knee bows to King Jesus

• for the Peace of Christ to be evident in the way you interact with
your family, your friends, and others, especially at Christmas time

Additional Scriptures

Feel free to use the same questions for reflection.

• John 14:25–29

• Philippians 4:4–7

• Romans 5:1–11

Praying Our Way Forward December 23-29


DECEMBER 23, 2018

Merry Christmas. The Babe of Bethlehem brings peace and joy.

Together, we enter this 31st  week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are eight more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Charlotte All Davis, Laity, Red Bird Missionary, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Robert Earl Amundsen, Clergy, Red Bird Missionary, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Carlito Serrano Puno, Laity, Quezon City Philippines, East Philippines Central Conference
  4. Percival Jimena Gregorio, Clergy, Quezon City Philippines, East Philippines Central Conference
  5. Egmedio Balbona Equila Jr., Clergy, South Nueva Ecija Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  6. Marietta Garcia Bonite, Laity, South Nueva Ecija Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  7. Julie Fernandez Capulong, Laity, Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  8. Edgardo Dellova Cruz, Clergy, Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  9. Melvin Sayco Domingo, Laity, Southwest Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  10. Wilfredo A Yasay, Clergy, Southwest Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  11. Phebe Namoca Cosmiano, Laity, Visayas Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  12. Roy Rafael Tibalbag, Clergy, Visayas Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  13. Lisa M King, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Daniel Robert Dick, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Barbara Anne Buehler Dick, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Samuel John Royappa, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Gail Laity, Burgess, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Steven E Zekoff, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Timothy Charles Crouch, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  20. J Clayton Oliphint, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Linda Moore Parks, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Jill Ann Jackson-Sears, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Kelly Jo Carpenter, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Ronald D Henderson, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  25. Richard Bailey Hearne, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Donald Wallace Underwood, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. Gretchen Faye Toler-Debus, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Owen K Ross, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Sarah Nichols Lofton (replaced Charles Roy Stewart), Laity, Oklahoma, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Josephine Deere, Laity, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. David Mark Wilson, Clergy, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, South Central Jurisdiction, USA.

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Moses Kumar, commission member and General Secretary (see below).

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Mark Goswick – Office of the Business Manager of General Conference staff.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe of the Northwest Texas-New Mexico Episcopal Area and his spouse, Leslie Bledsoe
Bishop Benjamin Boni of the Cote D’Ivoire Episcopal Area and his spouse, N’Gbesso Berthe
Bishop Lawson Bryan of the South Georgia Episcopal area and his spouse, Sherrill Bryan
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the San Francisco Episcopal Area and her spouse, Thomas Spaniolo
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter of the Florida Episcopal Area and his spouse, Pamela Carter

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Alice Williams, USA, Florida, laity.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
Moses Kumar is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration. The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) manages the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination.

Live Nativity



Live the Nativity

The first part of this message is a commercial: Sign up to help with the Live Nativity Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night! Pick one night or come to all three. In the eyes of the larger Kitsap community, this is SUMC's signature event. You want to see our church move forward and grow in sharing Jesus? Come and help! You can dress up as Joseph, Mary, an angel, a shepherd, or a wiseman. The costumes are provided. You can dress up. You can carol with the musicians. There will be hot soup, coffee, and hot chocolate to warm you up.

 

Live Nativity @ SUMC

Friday, December 21st through Sunday, December 23rd

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

The second part of this message is not a commercial: I want you to think through what happens when people see us celebrating Jesus' birth on the busiest street corner in Silverdale. This month we have been examining Jesus the Son of God, and puzzling how God who made the heavens and the earth would compress himself, lower himself, and insert himself by choice into the world where we live. God being born as a baby? It seems crazy. Or maybe it seems magical or unreal, like a favorite story from when you're a kid. But the truth of the Good News tugs at every heart, even the ones that angrily reject it. People without faith drive by our facility all the time. They can ignore our messages on the readerboard out front. They can slip past Christian radio stations in their cars. But when other community members gather and dress up and put themselves under gaze of thousands of eyes during a 90 minute block, the impossible, almost lunatic notion of a baby monarch in a shed and scholars, farm hands, and supernatural messengers traveling to see shatters the comfortable reality of shopping, eating, and holiday parties that we use to mask the uncomfortable reality of money stress, relationship turbulence, and only occasional fleeting thoughts that there might be something more. The Christian message says God entered into our everyday world and lived an everyday life until he gave it up to rescue everyone; anyone who will respond with faith. When people see us do the Live Nativity, it attracts attention and creates conversations. And when people meet us personally and see us living out what we believe, it becomes even more difficult to ignore.

 

Luke 2:17-18 Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished.

 

If you consider yourself a Jesus-follower, this is our time to man our stations and engage with the world around us, even if it feels uncomfortable. Take heart: No one in the Christmas Story was comfortable either. Live the Nativity.

Advent Week 3 Devotion - Joy

JOY

Pray that your Joy may be made complete by the work of Jesus on the
cross, and by the work of the Holy Spirit moving in your heart.

Read this scripture passage: John 16:16–22

Consider this: As children of God, we have every reason to be joyful,
but the heavy burdens of this life make it easy to forget that Joy. Listen
to how Jesus himself encouraged his friends to expect Joy to follow after
the most sorrowful time they would experience.

Reflection questions about our Scripture passage:

1. What observations can we make about Joy and sorrow in
this passage?

2. What does this passage tell us about the source of sorrow and the
source of Joy?

3. What assurances or promises are found in this passage?

4. How would this passage be different if Jesus had not come?

Pray:

• for God to provide Joy by showing you glimpses of the Savior all
around you at Christmas

• by celebrating the grace that God pours out on you daily, so that your
Joy may be rooted in Him and not in your own efforts

• for God to sustain those who are suffering and persecuted because of
Jesus, and for Joy to come to them in the midst of their pain

Additional Scriptures

Feel free to use the same questions for reflection.

• 1 Peter 1:3–9

• Psalm 30

• Isaiah 61:10–11

Praying Our Way Forward Dec 16 - 22


DECEMBER 16, 2018

Prayer Theme: Prepare the Way of the Lord

Together, we enter this 30th week of the Council of Bishops’ call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are 9 more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Caleb Jeffrey Harper, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Amy Barlak Aspey, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  3. George Glenn Howard, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  4. Christopher Todd Heckaman, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  5. Philip R Moots, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  6. Roger Grace, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  7. Katherine Susan Rohrs, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  8. Michael Barrett Slaughter, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  9. Joy Perry, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  10. Karen M Cook, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  11. William H Brownson, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  12. Curnell Graham, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  13. Chris E Steiner, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Deanna E Stickley-Miner, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Harris Kodjie Glover Tay, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Douglas Alan Damron, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Sergey Kim, Laity, Central Russia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  18. Sergei Nikolaev, Clergy, Central Russia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  19. Iuliia Flaritovna Minikhanova, Laity, Eastern Russia-Central Asia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  20. Yulia Starodubets, Clergy, Eastern Russia-Central Asia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  21. Tarmo Lilleoja, Laity, Estonia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  22. Taavi Hollman, Clergy, Estonia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  23. Marina Yugay, Laity, Northwest Russia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  24. Khen Su Kim, Clergy, Northwest Russia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  25. Carolyn Ann Dove, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Edward Andrew Goff, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. Sarah Sloan Kreutziger, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Juliet Padgham Spencer, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Pedro P. Aguila, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Ronald Pat Day, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. Terrel Jones DeVille, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  32. Bernadine Johnson, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  33. Sidney G Strebeck, Laity, New Mexico, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  34. Eduardo Rivera, Clergy, New Mexico, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  35. Edwin Adriano Salonga, Laity, Bulacan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  36. Norlito Tapia Ambi, Clergy, Bulacan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  37. Evangeline Justo Cristobal, Laity, East Mindanao Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  38. Janeth Laquindanum Rufino, Clergy, East Mindanao Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  39. Munda Varona Dablo, Clergy, Palawan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  40. Susan Estrada Dillozon, Laity, Palawan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  41. Jowey Carany Celzo, Laity, Pangasinan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  42. Jesus Nabor De Los Santos, Clergy, Pangasinan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  43. Adelia Pascual Carlos, Laity, Philippines-Cavite (PACC) Philippines Central Conference
  44. Noel Syjucco Cua, Clergy, Philippines-Cavite (PACC) Philippines Central Conference

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Sara Hotchkiss, commission member and business manager.

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Raymond Trapp – Worship and Music Director.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area and his spouse, Elisabeth Flinck
Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball of the West Virginia Episcopal Area and her spouse, Barry Ball
Bishop David Alan Bard of the Michigan Episcopal Area and his spouse, Julie Bard
Bishop Frank J. Beard of the Illinois Great Rivers Episcopal Area and his spouse, Melissa Beard
Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Episcopal Area and his spouse, Sally Bickerton

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Rosemarie Wenner, Europe, Germany, bishop.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
Thomas Kemper is the General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the agency which connects the church in mission. To learn more about the General Secretary and the largest General Agency of The United Methodist Church click here.

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