Tag Archives: The Upper Room

On Beads and Boats: Come Sail Away With Us!

Love prayer beads? Check. Love to travel? Check. Love to hang out in tropical settings with cool people? Check. Love the drinks with little umbrellas? Check. Then come away with us! That’s right folks, we’re going on a cruise! The Upper Room – you know, our favorite people – is hosting the Quiet Spaces Retreat… Continue Reading

Top 7 Moments in My Prayer Bead Journey

To celebrate the 7th anniversary of Prayerworks Studio I’m posting a series of Top 7 lists over the next seven days. This one is focused on my prayer bead journey. Receiving my first set of prayer beads from my mom. She bought them as a gift for me during a mission trip to the Dominican… Continue Reading

The Prayer Bead Journey: From General to Jurisdictional Conferences

Y’all. Earlier this year, The Upper Room and the Prayer Ministry Team of General Conference 2016 asked us to coordinate the making of 2,000 prayer strands for the delegates, bishops, and staff of General Conference. We asked you to help. And what happened? You placed orders for enough kits to make 4,000 – 5,000 prayer… Continue Reading

From General to Jurisdictional Conferences, or How Methodists Love the Prayer Beads!

There’s been a bit of radio silence on my end. This is both because General Conference was intense on many levels, but also because I had to run back and finish the draft for my next book, which I turned in just last week (woo hoo!). Since then I’ve been working to get caught up… Continue Reading

Prayer Beads at UMC General Conference 2016: And So It Begins

I arrived yesterday in Portland, Oregon, which was no small thing. I had forgotten that it takes ALL DAY to travel from the east coast to the west! On top of that, one leg of my flight was delayed, and when I finally arrived after a twelve hour journey I learned there was a snafu with… Continue Reading

General Conference 2016 Prayer Strands: The Bead Mayhem Update

It is like prayer bead Christmas around here! Everyday I receive several packages full of prayer strands. They come from all over the country, big cities and small towns. They represent large congregations, intimate Bible study groups, women’s and men’s ministries, and even individuals who want to be part of this global effort. Some of… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: People of Easter

This prayer bead devotion – featured in our monthly e-newsletter – focuses on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Specifically, it asks us to consider how to take Easter personally and communally. What does it mean that Christ died for us and was resurrected? Use your prayer beads to consider this Mystery. Cross: Dear Lord, Invitatory… Continue Reading

Prayer Beads at General Conference 2016

Every four years, leaders and delegates representing all 131 conferences of the global United Methodist Church come together for General Conference to set policy and make decisions about the future of the United Methodist Church. This year, General Conference will take place May 10 – 20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, and a lot is at… Continue Reading

2016: The Year of Trust

As I explained earlier, I’ve been listening for my 2016 Star word – the Epiphany word that would guide me through the year, providing focus and a way of deepening my faith. I’ve journaled, prayed, listened, talked with friends, and considered different words. But the one word that revealed itself and – like an epiphany… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: What Gifts Can I Bring?

It is Epiphany, the day we remember the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the “epiphany” or revelation of God’s presence on earth. On Christmas we heard the good news proclaimed by the angels that Christ was born. With the shepherds, we visited Mary and Joseph in the stable to see this miracle. We… Continue Reading