Sitting in front of that board every week gives me hope, and helps me feel some degree of security. Over the years there have been splits, unions, and changes the original clergy could never imagine. But through it all the church remains. Sometimes large, sometimes smaller, sometimes unsure of tomorrow, but always doing its best to live out God's call to make disciples and love our neighbors.
Loving God, the part of your church here on earth that has been known as United Methodist is in a state of crisis, and covered in uncertainty and insecurity. We've been here before, just not in our lifetimes. As we look back on those times we realize that you lead the church, in whatever form it takes, as long as the church still earnestly seeks to do your will. Wrap your loving arms around us, and reassure us that whatever happens your Spirit will lead us through it, and the church will move forward. Maybe not looking as it currently does, but looking as you need it in this 21st century.......Amen.