The Connectional Prayer Ministry of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is calling the CME Family to prayer for all our churches and our leaders in this season of new beginnings.
Upon the completion of the 2014 General Conference, seven Episcopal Districts received new Bishops. However, all our Bishops and the Districts they lead begin a new season in ministry. Let us pray for wisdom, strength, and favor for our Episcopal Leaders, and for a spirit of unity and blessing on all our churches.
The new list of Episcopal Assignments is as follows (asterisk by Districts with new Bishops)
· Senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick – Eighth Episcopal District*
· Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. – First Episcopal District*
· Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. – Fourth Episcopal District
· Bishop Kenneth W. Carter – Sixth Episcopal District
· Bishop James B. Walker – Seventh Episcopal District*
· Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. – Third Episcopal District*
· Bishop Teresa E. Snorton – Fifth Episcopal District
· Bishop Godwin T. Umoette – Tenth Episcopal District
· Bishop Bobby R. Best – Ninth Episcopal District*
· Bishop Marvin F. Thomas – Second Episcopal District*
· Bishop Charles J. King, Jr. – Eleventh Episcopal District*
Please pray for these leaders by name, along with their spouses and families.
Let us continue to pray for our retired Bishops and their families: Bishop William H. Graves, Bishop Othal H. Lakey, Bishop E. Lynn Brown, Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr., Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, and Bishop Marshall Gilmore.
We offer this prayer during this new season
“Great God, like our Lord Jesus, we pray that we may all be one in Christ. Help us to embrace Your Will and Your Purpose for us in this new season in the Church. In this time of tremendous transition, give us all the ‘peace that passes understanding.’ Relieve us of the anxiety that comes with change and give us the wisdom and courage to stay focused on the ministry to which You have called us.
We especially lift our Episcopal Leaders, both active and retired, for wisdom for the work in this present age. Please keep them healthy and strong through this Annual Conference season and the powerful work that is before them.
Bless us all as your people, lay and clergy alike, to work together for Christ and His Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.