The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global, in advancing our common mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.' Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world.
Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. -Psalm 90:13-17
This Psalm of lament echoes the cries of many of God’s children as death, disease, injustice, and turmoil swirl around us. How long will it be, God? How long will our individual preferences override someone else’s safety? How long will we allow people who live in poverty to struggle without the possibility of earning a living wage? How long will those with Black and Brown bodies be forced to wonder if they will ever know safety? And how long will the Church stay silent? Establish the work of our hands, O God, as we use our hands to work for justice.
This month, please pray for:
- Week 1: All who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and to the violence perpetrated against People of Color.
- Week 2: All who have lost income and employment during this crisis, and who are struggling to provide for their families.
- Week 3: All who have lost time with loved ones, or have been unable to celebrate milestones, due to the virus.
- Week 4: Pastors who are moving to new appointments in the midst of chaos and upheaval.
Never doubt that your prayers make a difference!