Northeastern Jurisdiction United Methodists,
During this Easter season when we celebrate new life, renewal, and hope, we give thanks to God for the many ways United Methodists throughout the Northeastern Jurisdiction are making a positive difference in the community. Yet, we recognize that our Church is not fully living into the promise of Easter. We are a broken institution - an unperfected body, still moving toward Godís vison of the beloved community.
We lament that before, during, and after the Special Session of General Conference 2019, we have done serious harm to one another, including our sisters and brothers in the LGTBQIA+ community; and failed to live up to Jesusí example of agape love. We acknowledge that we stand in the need of Godís healing grace. And so, with humble hearts, we call upon one another, in the covenant community of United Methodists, to join in confession.
As we prepare for our Annual Conference sessions, we ask you to join with us in praying our eucharistic prayer of confession daily, so that we come together for holy conferencing with hearts of peace, resolved to do no more harm, to do good, to stay in love with God and be open to the leading of the Spirit as we seek to be in ministry with all of Godís children
May we humbly pray, every day:
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Together in Christ,
Members of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Vision Table