What Next? A Call to Abide, A Call to Prayer
In the Gospel of John, Jesus reminds us that we cannot bear fruit on our own. He calls us to abide in His love and to love one another as He has loved us. The closer we love one another, the closer we are to Jesus. The more we love Jesus and keep Him in the center of our lives, the more we can love one another. In these times of uncertainty, we must lean into our spiritual practices of reading Scripture, praying, fasting, and gathering together in fellowship, so that we can draw closer to Jesus and to one another.
We invite the congregation to pray specifically for our denomination and our local church every Wednesday and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Read and meditate on the Vine & the Branches of John 15:1-17. Ask God to open our hearts and minds so that we may hear the Holy Spirit, fully abide in Christ, listen with our brothers and sisters, and love one another. Trust that the Spirit will intercede for us with groans too deep for words. Start a prayer circle or find a prayer partner. Encourage one another. Allow faith to govern the day instead of fear.
In response to an uncertain future, the Baltimore-Washington Conference developed a study entitled “Who Are We? A Journey From Head to Heart” to get back to the heart of our faith, who we are as a people of God, as United Methodists, and as the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Study, videos, and readings are available if you would like to study individually or form a small group. There is a specific call to a time of intentional prayer and fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays from Sunrise to Sunset and to meditate on Isaiah 58. The Southern Region (Annapolis District) is called to fast from April 15 to May 15, 2020.