Watch and Pray

By Becky Wilder
Intercessory Prayer Leader

We are in the one-year countdown to General Conference 2021, which will determine what lies ahead for us as Methodists. As in many times past, God is inviting us to partner with him—to seek his face, declare his heart and do the spiritual warfare necessary to release his Kingdom here on earth.

The WCA Intercessory Prayer Network would like to cover the coming new expression of Methodism with 24/7 prayer around the world. Would you join us by committing to a personal prayer time at the link below? https://wesleyancovenant.org/2020/09/28/watch-and-pray/

PRAYER POINTS FOR OCTOBER

  • Global WCA President Rev. Keith Boyette, Vice President Rev. Walter Fenton and Council Members
  • Clear vision from the Lord as they work to prepare for the future
  • Ongoing work for General Conference 2021 and the “Protocol”
  • Open up ways to get WCA’s message to more Methodist members and churches
  • Provision and bold witness in this Covid-19 time, especially in nations with limited resources
  • Holston WCA Chapter President Rev. Chuck Griffin and other leaders
  • Formation of Small Groups within Holston
  • Holston General Conference delegates to hear God clearly
  • Bishop Taylor and Cabinet as they lead Holston

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at wilderfamily@hotmail.com and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder

WCA International Intercessor Leader for Holston Chapter

Election Results

Gregg Benefiel and David Bowden will serve as lay delegates to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Legislative Assembly, and John Grimm and Ronnie Collins will serve as clergy delegates.

Holston WCA members also voted to retain their current board of directors, authorizing the board to add new directors as needed as we move toward a possible division of the United Methodist Church into at least two denominations in 2021.

The Holston WCA directors are:

Laity: Charles McEntyre (vice chair), David Bowden, Fielden Sanders, Gregg Benefiel (treasurer), Jeff Weiss.

Clergy: Rowland Buck, Ronnie Collins, Sherri Franklin, Chuck Griffin (chair), Jake Herron, Brad Stapleton (secretary), and Russ Young.

Because of Covid-19 safety precautions, the Holston Chapter of the WCA held its elections online this year. The Holston chapter is not holding in-person meetings anywhere in the conference until pandemic numbers improve. Once Covid-19 transmission is less of a concern, Holston WCA board members and delegates will resume meeting in person with interested church groups about the Protocol Legislation, which is scheduled to go before the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in 2021.

raise a hallelujah

What a key time we live in. It is both exciting and sobering – exciting to anticipate the new that God has on the horizon, for our church and our nation, and sobering to realize the very real spiritual warfare it will take to get there.

As the countdown to General Conference 2021 begins, the global WCA Intercessory Prayer Network urges you to join us on Sept. 19 for an evening of prayer and praise to raise our hallelujah to the heavens. The battle over worship is raging in our nation. Are we going to stay silent, or are we going to use the powerful weapon of our mouth to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord?

We will also introduce plans for building a 24/7 Prayer Wall that will reach around the world to seek the heart of God for his new Methodist expression. He gave one man, Bishop Yambasu, the vision and grace to bring all the various groups of the UMC together to form the “Protocol”; just imagine what the Lord can do if we all look to him expectantly during the year ahead.

Please join us on September 19 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time to Raise A Hallelujah through the WCA IIPN YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1AK8usmg64r5XNa2HQqeg. Special guest speaker will be Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at United Theological Seminary.

PRAYER POINTS FOR SEPTEMBER

  • Global WCA President Rev. Keith Boyette, Vice President Rev. Walter Fenton and Council Members
  • Clear vision from the Lord as they work to prepare for the future
  • Ongoing work for General Conference 2021 and the “Protocol”
  • Open up ways to get WCA’s message to more Methodist members and churches
  • Provision and bold witness in this Covid-19 time, especially in nations with limited resources
  • That Bishop Yambasu’s death will result in a multiplied release of God’s glory in Africa and the UMC
  • Holston WCA Chapter President Rev. Chuck Griffin and other leaders
  • Formation of Small Groups within Holston
  • Holston General Conference delegates to hear God clearly
  • Bishop Taylor and Cabinet as they lead Holston

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at wilderfamily@hotmail.com and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder

WCA International Intercessor Leader for Holston Chapter

Do You Love Me More Than These?

Our daughter-in-law made the courageous choice a few years ago to marry our son, leave all she knew in her native Kyrgyzstan, and come to America. As I have watched her struggle to learn a new language and culture it has made me realize how much I’m attached to what I know and am comfortable with.

Recently I read again the story of Peter in John 21. After the trauma of Jesus’ death, and then the incredible proof of his resurrection, Peter’s emotions must have been a mess. So, he returned to fishing, to the familiar, to what made sense in his crazy roller coaster life. Now Jesus was asking him to choose whom or what he loved the most. Would he decide to go back to what he was comfortable with or step out into the unknown? It’s one thing to invite Jesus into our life; quite another to let go and follow Him into His.

I wonder if John Wesley and his friends felt a similar struggle in the early days of Methodism. They had no intention of starting a new denomination. Wesley’s dream and focus was to bring a renewal of the Holy Spirit to the Church of England, the church he knew and loved. But, with the Revolution and pioneer lifestyle of our new nation, a different expression of the Gospel was needed. God formed a new denominational structure carried by circuit riders—a far cry from the Church of England model Wesley had known.

Once again we are struggling with how to get the Good News to our generation. What will our new expression look like? Pray for our WCA leaders to have clear vision to see God’s plan for our future as Methodists, even if it is radically different than what we have known. God’s promise to build his church still stands and if we choose to love him “more than these,” he will see us through.

Also, I encourage you to read the 7/20/20 report, God of Hope by Bishop Khegay of the UMC Eurasia Episcopal Area for insight into how other Methodists are struggling during this Covid-19 crisis.

August Prayer Points

  • Global WCA President Rev. Keith Boyette, Vice President Rev. Walter Fenton and Council Members
  • Clear vision from the Lord as they work to prepare for the future
  • Ongoing work for General Conference 2021 and the “Protocol”
  • Open up ways to get WCA’s message to more Methodist members and churches
  • Provision and bold witness in this Covid-19 time, especially in nations with limited resources
  • Holston WCA Chapter President Rev. Chuck Griffin and other leaders
  • Formation of Small Groups within Holston
  • Holston General Conference delegates to hear God clearly
  • Bishop Taylor and Cabinet as they lead Holston

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at wilderfamily@hotmail.com and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder
Holston WCA International Intercessor Network Leader

A New Pentecost?

In Acts 1:4, Jesus told his disciples,  “Do not leave … wait for the gift my Father promised.” The Spirit came to those who were waiting in the upper room. I invite you to take these three days of Pentecost, beginning Thursday evening, to wait in the Lord’s presence and seek what he wants to release to us for the days ahead. Then join with others via the WCA Facebook page (facebook.com/wesleyancovenant/) Sunday evening for our corporate prayer gathering.

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