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Multimedia meditations for individuals and congregations

 

Throughout the year, we reach different milestones. Some are church feast days, some are family holidays, some are just quiet moments of prayer and solitude. We hope these meditations will lift you up, comfort you in hard times, and remind you of the everlasting love of God during your journeys.

Students laugh in a classroom in East Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

A United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom

When students go back to school, so do teachers, administrators, and other staff. Take time to offer this quick prayer for those beginning another school session. View

Student celebrates after graduation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Photo courtesy of Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound.

Go with God: A Prayer for Graduates

Here's a video blessing for those who are celebrating their accomplishments and looking to the future. View

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

It is now the summer season in the U.S. Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

A baby holds fast to his mother's hand. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Prayer for Families

A short video reflection reminds us to pray for those closest to us. Share with someone you love. View

Two students from Yugoslavia walk home together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Psalm 121: A Prayer for Travelers

Whether you are taking a journey or starting out on a new path in life, consider "The Traveler's Psalm" and let it guide your way. View

The Milky Way shines across the night sky in the outskirts of Lindside, WV. Photo by David Martin of Newport Mt.-Olivet United Methodist Church.

God’s Gift of the Earth: A Photo Prayer

'All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use it.' Video reflection helps celebrate Earth Day and the planet we share. View

A street memorial remembers crime victims. Chaplain Bruce Cook runs a support group for families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.

A United Methodist Prayer: Turning to God in Days of Trouble

When we are struggling with difficult news in our personal lives or in the world, we can ask God for comfort. View

Photo of cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist by Austin Bond Photography. See more at www.facebook.com/AustinBondPhotography. Please email Austin at austinebond@yahoo.com to use photo, and send him a link or copy of the final project that features his credited photo. (arranged by Kathryn Price)

The Cross: What do YOU see?

“God took that awful thing and redeemed it.” United Methodists reflect on the origin and meaning of Christianity's strongest symbol. View

Rays of sun breaking through the clouds over water, image by Elms on the photo sharing site Morguefile.

An Easter Prayer for United Methodists

A meditation helps prepare our hearts for those first signs of the resurrection life of Easter. View

Eugenie Sowan Erse N’Ghessan sews clothes to earn a living for herself and her seven children in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She is one of 48 women who received a micro-loan to start her own business from the United Methodist Women’s Côte d’Ivoire Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

'In your glory, we offer all the work of our hearts and hands and minds.' Video reflection offers a blessing for all those who labor or are seeking work. View

A chicken and bananas were gifts to visitors at a church in Kindu, Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by Matt Crum, United Methodist Communications.

A United Methodist Meditation: Knowing God is Nearby

Even when it seems things could not get any worse, we can take a moment to reflect on the wonder of all creation and to thank the Creator. View

Twins Fiona and Finn discuss the importance of Easter Eggs. Video still courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

The Importance of the Egg: Children and Easter

Experts ages five to ten give us their take on the traditions of the season. And we learn why eggs have been called “the first joyful food of Easter.” View

Children at West Nashville United Methodist Church receive new backpacks for school during a “blessing of the backpacks.” 2011 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Back-to-School Blessing

As families and students and teachers begin another school year, take time for prayer too. View

A scenic photo of sun rays shining through tree branches in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Jim Starr.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

'And in our gratitude, make us to be instruments of your peace.' Take a moment to lift up your thanks to God this season. View

An Advent wreath with four lit candles represents the fourth week of Advent.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communciations

A Prayer for the Advent Season

"Let something wonderful begin in us." Video reflection offers inspiration and words to share during this Advent season. View

Photo of cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist by Austin Bond Photography. See more at www.facebook.com/AustinBondPhotography. Please email Austin at austinebond@yahoo.com to use photo, and send him a link or copy of the final project that features his credited photo. (arranged by Kathryn Price)

Slideshow: Crosses Across the United Methodist Connection

Take a photo pilgrimage to see crosses at United Methodist locations around the world. View

Prayer slideshow at General Conference 2016

The Bishops of The United Methodist Church have put a special emphasis on prayer at General Conference 2016. They are leading several prayer initiatives that began long before the start of... Read More

Desktop Meditation: A Lenten Journey

"Mini retreat" offers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown." View

Dancers from Mandell United Methodist Church in Chicago perform at the 2011 Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Desktop Meditation: Easter Joy

Watch and download a reflection with joyful photos of United Methodists around the world, set to music by the Africa University Choir. View

Sheri Tyler Kimble shares a hug with Sean Siple during the giving of peace. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Becoming a Peacemaker: A Reflection

In a world that can seem to be full of violence, this meditation offers a prayer and a call for United Methodists to be peacemakers. View

Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light

"Advent done well helps us center ourselves." Watch and share this meditation on how to prepare yourself for the birth of Jesus. View

Advent Meditation: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail. View

A creche from Columbia is part of the Nativity Museum at First United Methodist in Tullahoma, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Price.

New Ways to See the Nativity Scene

Video points out small details in the familiar figures of a manger scene which give added meaning to the story of Christ's birth. View

Child prays at Silver Spring United Methodist Church in Maryland.  Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist Children on Prayer

“I might need more paper because I pray for a lot of people.” Hear how little ones approach God and what we can learn from them. View

Children bathe in water from an open pipe following Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Flowing Water: The Christian Connection

'We have reminders of baptism everywhere.' Watch and download a meditation on how water connects us with our brothers and sisters around the world. View

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A Mother’s Blessing: A Photo Reflection

"I am who I am because of my mom." Real people talk about how their mothers modeled Christ just by being themselves. Grab a tissue. View

A young man participates in Stations of the Cross at Brentwood United Methodist Church near Nashville, Tennessee.

United Methodists Speak: On Lenten Sacrifice

Video could give you new ways to look at Lenten sacrifices. “What is it doing in your life? What space is it creating to be closer to God?” View

Baptism: God’s Gift to Us All

See a reflection about the sacrament Wesley called “a way in which we felt, knew, and saw God’s grace.” View

The Rev. Noé Gonzales (left) offers Holy Communion to Kaylee Naomi Avita Guerrero. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Communion: The Meal that Makes Us One

“Take communion as often as you can. It is food for the journey.” Watch and download a meditation about the sacrament, and reflect on how it nourishes your own faith. View