Lenten Call to Prayer

Source: United Methodist News

In a historic gathering, over approximately one hundred Korean United Methodist pastors gathered together in Flushing, New York for the Charisma Revival in preparation for Lent and release of “Confession and Covenant.” 

The purpose of the piece is to call the church during the season of Lent to intentional reflection and prayer as the denomination wrestles with major challenges.

“The uncertainty facing the denomination has put Korean United Methodist churches and pastors into confusion and conflict, unable to respond with agency and clarity. Here, we repent for ignoring the workings of the Holy Spirit who birthed us into a holy church,” read the statement. “We have forgotten its holiness.”  

Expressing respect for both John Wesley and Henry G. Appenzeller, the Methodist missionary to Korea who started the Methodist Movement in the Korean Peninsula, it continues:  

“We are the seeds and the fruits of Methodism for such [a] time as this. We thirst for the true living water that will quench us with the ‘power of the Holy Spirit’ that manifested in the early churches, gave life to Wesley’s ministry, and transformed society today.”

According to organizers, the Charisma Revival, the group that authored the statement, is not a political group or organization, but a gathering of the Holy Spirit movement.

According to the organizations website, the Charisma Revival event has four aims:

  • To experience the charisma of the Holy Spirit and aim for a balanced, charismatic spirituality through spiritual discernment of the Scripture;
  • To acknowledge the history of charisma in the Scripture and aim for a permissive attitude;
  • To aim for a healthy spirituality based on the Scripture; and
  • To aim for a ministry centered on cooperation and connectionalism based on “the Holy Spirit’s uniting work in and among us.”

Rev. Min Seok Yang, one of the event coordinators and pastor of Korean United Methodist Church of New York, commented that the revival hopes to call congregations back to the Great Commission of Mark 16:15-20, where Jesus commissions his disciples to “go into all the world and proclaim the good news.”

Despite the divisions in the world and even within the church, organizers and speakers proclaimed there is still hope. Clergy and lay leaders were invited to pray particularly during the Lenten Season “for the restoration of a truly proud, Wesleyan Spirituality and its ministry, and for the revival of the Church that will faithfully make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Source: United Methodist News