Pastor Chuck wants to share with you that Bishop Frank J. Beard and members of the Illinois Great Rivers Cabinet recently announced a reorganization of the conference districts, consolidating the number of districts within the conference to 5 effective July 1, 2023. This change is a primary step toward ensuing the conference is optimally positioned to accomplish its mission.
As the Bishop, Extended Cabinet, and IGRC Committees are working on how to “build our [IGRC] house”, we are reminded that Psalm 127:1a says, “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.”
Reflecting on the words of Psalm 127:1, you are invited to join with fellow conference worshippers to pray wherever you are at 1:27 p.m. for one minute. A suggestion is to set a daily alarm, such as on your phones, at 1:27 p.m. (to begin your prayer time) and at 1:28 p.m. (to close your prayer time).
Gracious and Merciful God, we come before You acknowledging that Your ways are higher than ours and Your wisdom is greater than ours. While we love and care deeply for our communities and congregations, Your Love for the people of and in IGRC is greater than ours. We also know that You do nothing except in believing prayer. So, we are calling out to You and asking for You to breakthrough in new and fresh ways. Reveal to us and our leaders Your will, Your guidance, Your direction. Bring Your wisdom as we seek to restructure in ways that will allow us to be more faithful and fruitful in making disciples of Jesus the Christ that will lead to our world being transformed in God-glorifying ways. Thank You, in advance, for working in and through us to accomplish Your plans and purposes. Please speak for Your servant is listening…. Amen.