Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church



Event marks Week of Prayer

To mark the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the interdenominational Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy & the Arts will present a public prayer service at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at OKC-Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd.

The service will include music, prayer, sacred readings, and presentations by two speakers: Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. and William Tabbernee, who is executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches.

This year marks the 107th annual observance of the Week of Prayer, which is Jan. 18-25. These dates were originally chosen because they included the Christian celebration days for Saints Peter and Paul.

"Has Christ Been Divided?" is the week’s international theme, from I Corinthians 1:13.

Father Stephen Bird, president of the Alliance, said, "On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for his disciples, ‘that all may be one’ (John 17:21). Unfortunately, today all Christians are not united. The goal of the Week of Prayer is to pray for the unity that Christ wills by whatever way he wills it."

Sign up for Bedlam Bash

Sign up now for the Bedlam Bash event in February, hosted by the United Methodist campus ministry at the Oklahoma State University.

• Feb. 16 at the OSU Wesley Foundation. This event begins with breakfast at 9:30, then worship. The OSU/OU women’s teams play at noon. http://www.wesleyosu.com/GameDayRegistration

Ames elected to post

Guy Ames III of Tulsa recently was elected a trustee of The Foundation for Evangelism, based in Junaluska, N.C., and founded in 1949 by distinguished evangelist Harry Denman.

The Foundation provides resources to help the national church bring people into personal relationships with Jesus Christ.

"I heard Harry Denman preach in my father’s church when I was a child," said Rev. Ames. "It is a particular honor to have known the man and now to serve as trustee for the foundation he established."

Ames, a fifth-generation United Methodist preacher, is an associate pastor at Tulsa-Asbury UMC.


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