Conference Call to Prayer
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1, NRSV)
As our world has become encased in fear and uncertainty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Pennsylvania Conference calls all laity and clergy to an intentional, daily time of prayer. In the midst of the chaos, we need to stand in the power of prayer.
On March 24, 2020, Rev. Randall Bain, senior pastor at the Oakland United Methodist Church in Johnstown, invited the congregation to establish a new prayer pattern during the Covid-19 pandemic. He challenged the church to pray daily at 7p.m. (the 19th
hour of the day). He encouraged members to read Psalm 27 as they prayed for 7 minutes for protection and victory over the virus. Rev. Bain’s challenge was posted on Facebook (using the graphic above) and other clergy and laity have adopted this daily call to prayer.
Using the prayer pattern established by the Oakland congregation, the Coordinating Cabinet and Conference Staff invite all Western Pennsylvania United Methodists to stop and pray every day at 7 p.m. for 7 minutes.
As voices are united in prayer at the 19th
hour of the day, we can seek God’s healing power to eradicate this deadly virus. Though we may be apart during this time of anxiety, we can join together in the power of prayer!