Where God was present during Annual Meeting

Where God was present during Annual Meeting

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By The Rev. Don Remick
Associate Conference Minister

A few years ago I was introduced to a concept called “found prayer” As I understood it, the idea was to notice where the Spirit of God was moving during a gathering or event; notice the moments where loving kindness was expressed, where doing justice was embodied and where individuals or the community were walking humbly with God. 
 
During the Annual Meeting I encouraged folks to notice where God was present. At the end of the meeting, in our closing time of prayer and worship I offered my ‘found prayer’ list:
 
Did you notice where God has been present with us. Did you notice it in the words and in the spaces between the words:
  • Gathering in a garage transformed into a sacred space
  • Singing to butterflies
  • Disaster recovery for homes blown away, washed away
  • Unfortunately and Fortunately stories
  • God is good all the time, All the time God is good.  Todos el tempo, Dios es bueno
  • Schedules: counting and shaving minutes, adapting to shifting timelines
  • Numbers: 514 attendees, 350 PPM, 99%, 50 years of ministry, 
  • Haystack: Green congregations, Equipping all ages for faith formation, Vitality in discipleship, Hispanic ministries and centering prayer, Justice LED ministries
  • Pentecostally enthusiastic red voting cards
  • Ben Guess: liberating monasteries into apartments, a future and a hope. The longing for emergency calls home from camp. ‘The Sun will Come Out Tomorrow’ sung at a talent show. Hotdog roll and ‘Knee Hi grape drink communion. Seeking the welfare of the city (place) where God has put you. 
  • A 4th Great Awakening with urgency and courage
  • A covenantal web of relationships
  • Twitter feeds
  • Amen Alleluia
  • Budget
  • Denominationally promiscuous….idolatrous nouns
  • The Doctrine of Discovery
  • Sweet  P E P
  • Loves Banner Floating O’er Us
  • Paddles: yellow, green and red
  • Bylaws and Constitutions
  • “Are you grand?”
  • Changing lives…generously
  • Governance as mission
  • Easy and not so easy conversations
  • Gender Identity
  • Seeking Amendments and Seeking Asylum
  • A wonderful ship of fools
  • Christ have Mercy, Lord have Mercy, Christ have Mercy on us

So where will you be found… Where will God notice you being transformed and transforming?

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