Daily Prayer Focus in Resuming In-person Worship


In light of the recent surge in new cases of COVID-19, Bishop Swanson is encouraging and urging congregations and pastors to prayerfully discern whether or not it is in the best interest of the congregation to have in-person worship. If you choose to have in-person worship, Bishop Swanson is requesting that you follow the guidelines released through conference communications May 8, wear masks, practice social distancing and make sure that plenty of hand sanitizer is available. Click here to view a safety scale and questionnaire developed by a fellow United Methodist, Dr. Stephen Shirley in consultation with his church leadership to aid you in evaluating returning to in-person worship service.  

All of us are struggling with the process of resuming in-person worship in these days. Some have already resumed while others will not resume for some weeks yet. We are wrestling with when and with what it will be/feel like once we come back into the buildings that mean so much to us. We know it will not be the same. We are afraid of what might be lost. We are afraid of the unknown—of what this new normal will be like. It is in moments like this that we are called to prayer.

So, here you will find a resource that can be utilized in many ways—in personal devotional times or in more corporate ways. However they might be used, the intent is to remind us that we are people of faith and that prayer is a powerful way to connect to the Triune God who has walked with all people through difficult days in the past, and continues to do so today. May these verses and prayers be a blessing for you in this time. Click on the image below to view this prayer focus online, or you can download the color version or the toner-friendly version in PDF format. 

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