Prayers for Carlos Rodriguez and the Rodriguez Family

Carlos Rodriguez was hospitalized yesterday for COVID-19 related pneumonia. Today, he has been sedated and placed on a respirator. His father and two sisters have also exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.

Join us today, Sunday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m. as we join together via Zoom to pray for Carlos and his family in this time of great need.

We pray in faith, trusting that God who created us is more than able to heal us.

Click below to join the prayer meeting online:

Online Prayers for Carlos Rodriguez

To join the prayer meeting by phone, call 1-669-900-9128 and enter the meeting ID when prompted to do so: 718 454 4317 #

Oraciones por Carlos Rodriguez y la Familia Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez fue hospitalizado ayer por neumonía relacionada con COVID-19. Hoy en día, ha sido sedado y conectado a un respirador. Su padre y dos hermanas también han mostrado síntomas de COVID-19.

Únanse a nosotros hoy, el domingo, el 17 de mayo, a la 1:00 p.m., mientras nos reunimos a través de Zoom para orar por Carlos y su familia en este momento de gran necesidad.

Oramos con fe, confiando en que Dios que nos creó es más que capaz de sanarnos.

Hagan clic a continuación para unirse a la reunión en línea:

Oraciones en línea por Carlos Rodriguez

Para unirse a la reunión de oración por teléfono, llamen al 1-669-900-9128 e introduzcan el ID de la reunión cuando se les solicite hacerlo: 718 454 4317 #


Bishops Call for Prayer in the Face of COVID-19 // Los Obispos Piden Oración ante el COVID-19

(Por favor, vean la versión en español a continuación.)

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church are inviting United Methodists around the world to join in praying the Lord’s Prayer at noon on Wednesday, March 25, to implore God to rid the world of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 24, 2020

To the People of The United Methodist Church:

We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their own time zones.

In the words of Pope Francis, “We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.” As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection at Easter, we have sure trust and confidence that God will hear the united prayers of the church across the world.

The Peace of the Lord,

Bishop Ken Carter
Resident Bishop, Florida Conference
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.


El Comité Ejecutivo del Concilio de Obispos de La Iglesia Metodista Unida está invitando a Metodistas Unidos de todo el mundo a orar la Oración del Señor al mediodía el miércoles el 25 de marzo para implorar que Dios quite la pandemia COVID-19 del mundo.

24 de marzo 2020

A la Gente de La Iglesia Metodista Unida:

Nos unimos al Papa Francisco para pedir oración mañana el 25 de marzo, sacando fuerzas de la Anuciación (Lucas 1:26-38), ya que estamos aproximadamente nueve meses del nacimiento de nuestro Salvador, Jesucristo. Invitamos a todos a orarle a Dios que quite la pandemia coronavirus del mundo. Y todos son instados a orar la Oración del Señor al mediodía en sus propias zonas horarias. 

En las palabras del Papa Francisco, “Queremos responder a la pandemia del virus con la universalidad de la oración,  de la compasión, de la ternura.” Mientras nos preparamos para celebrar la resurección en Pascua, tenemos confianza de que Dios escuchará las oraciones unidas de la iglesia alrededor del mundo.

La Paz del Señor,

El Obispo Ken Carter
El Obispo Residente de la Conferencia de Florida 
Presidente del Concilio de Obispos
La Iglesia Metodista Unida

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre.

Venga tu reino. Hágase tu voluntad, como en el cielo, así también en la tierra.

El pan nuestro de cada día, dánoslo hoy.

Y perdónanos nuestras deudas, como también nosotros perdonamos a nuestros deudores.

Y no nos dejes caer en tentación, mas líbranos del mal.

Porque tuyo es el reino, el poder, y la gloria, por todos los siglos.



A Call to Prayer and Confession (June 11)



I am so grateful for your joining me in this season of prayer and confession as we make our way, both physically for many of us and spiritually for all of us, to our 35th Annual Session of the California-Pacific Conference.

In my first letter, we reflected upon what has happened since the Special Called Session of General Conference 2019. In my second letter, we heard the voices of those who have been engaged in different areas of our church. In this third and final letter, we will continue on in prayer and confession in a spirit of courage.

We have to acknowledge for a moment that it is difficult to be in a place like the wilderness. There are, obviously, all of the feelings that we feel inside. There are also questions about our next steps. We often pray, “Lord, show me what to do.” Today, I would ask that we whisper one additional prayer: “Lord, let me have the courage to follow you.”

In times of being unsure of the path ahead, we often want to know what to do. But, we also need to be willing to go where God is leading us. Knowing might lessen our anxiety and that would be a good thing, of course. But, being willing will raise our confidence in what lies ahead because of our assurance that the Lord is leading us.

What is clear to me is that God has been leading our California-Pacific Conference since its beginning. Yes, God is leading us to see a new church and we have been seeing glimpses of it in the church that we have long been.

Below is a statement from our Extended Cabinet of the California-Pacific Conference, a group of leaders that I mentioned in my first letter. I share this statement with you as a reminder of the kind of willingness our leadership has shown. When we meet with each other once again in Redlands, let us be together as one body in Christ, seeing a new church, following in the way that God is leading us.

“Dear Beloved Siblings of the California-Pacific Conference,

As we continue in our season of prayer and confession, we in the California-Pacific Conference must take a moment to acknowledge the real and lasting pain we as The United Methodist Church have caused our children, friends, pastors, and fellow members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual; confess our complicity in their suffering whether by what we have said and done or what we have left unsaid or undone; and seek a new way guided by the Spirit in love towards healing, out of despair, and towards fullness of life.

General Conference is the highest legislative body of The United Methodist Church made up of 800+ people from across the global Connection who usually meet every four years. The decisions of this past Special Called Session of General Conference 2019 which focused on matters of human sexuality, as well as the Judicial Council ruling, and now the many ways our Church has responded have built a ministry environment of tension, grief, and uncertainty. Today, we the Extended Cabinet of the California-Pacific Conference would like to convey to you our awareness of, and sharing in, this reality.

We also acknowledge that, we, as a Conference, are not of one mind. We are a family knit together across a broad diversity of theological and social perspectives, races, ethnicities, cultures, generations, languages, gender and sexual identities, abilities, and other such reflections of the image of God. While we celebrate this richness afforded to us in our complex particularity, we must confess that we have not always engaged our difference faithfully– lovingly. We have not always listened deeply enough to the cries of our siblings. We have not always paid careful attention to the voices and perspectives absent from the table. We have not always reflected honestly about those we may have unwittingly left behind. We must repent, and humbly confess.

Yet, in this of prayer and confession, may we strive to be of one spirit, unified in the effort to welcome all at Christ’s table and for all to move onwards towards perfection in our discipleship. Our history is one of pioneering – always being able to see and build the new church that is emerging. As many decisions are yet to be made in all areas of The United Methodist Church, may we continue in our identity as the California-Pacific Conference without fear as the Lord, our God, is leading us.

The Extended Cabinet of the California-Pacific Conference”

Be the Hope,

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya

Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop

The United Methodist Church