From February 23-26, 2019, 864 delegates from around the world will gather in St. Louis for an historic meeting of the United Methodist Church. Just 50 years since the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church became the United Methodist Church we know today, another meeting will determine how we move forward into the next 50 or more years.
For all but 14 Oklahoma United Methodists who will be voting on the important matters regarding the various plans for our beloved denomination, most of us will be left in Oklahoma to continue living out our daily lives with one eye tuned to the happenings in Missouri. We will work, play, recreate, sleep, worship and participate in a myriad of other daily tasks here at home.
To offer our local churches some resources for worship, a writing team of pastors in our conference have created outlines and suggestions for the Sundays before, of and after General Conference 2019 (February 17/24 and March 3). You will find in the following pages liturgical pieces, song suggestions and sermon notes based on the lectionary readings for those Sundays and tied specifically to the meeting of General Conference. Please feel free to use these as you see fit. The overarching theme and guiding question of the work is “What is God saying to us today?”
The writing team consisted of Dr. Carol Cook Moore, Kyle Kiner, Wendi Neal, Rod Newman, Kathy Leithner and Dr. Charlotte Teel with editorial support from Tabitha Beckman, our conference communications specialist. We are grateful for their creative and timely submissions.
Let us join not only in prayer for this momentous meeting but also in worship and community as we continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Grace and peace to each of you,
Bishop Jimmy Nunn
Rev. Dr. Joe Harris, Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Communications
Rev. Derrek Belase, Director of Discipleship
A Prayer of Lament
Holy, holy, holy Lord – you have been our dwelling place for generations.
You know the sorrow of our hearts as we mourn with loss too deep for words.
You know the hopes and dreams we have whispered in our sleep and shouted in our prayers.
In this time of prayer we weep – for what will no longer be.
In this time of prayer we acknowledge what is lost.
Have mercy on your servants.
Catch the tears, gather the cries, and comfort the convulsing shoulders of your children. Lift us our faces to see you and trust that you are here.
Show us the path that will lead to peace.
We long to find joy once more, and to sing of your steadfast love. We are waiting Lord.
We are watching.
We yield to the prompting of your Spirit.