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A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis for April 2, 2021


April 2, 2021

A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis

During these difficult days, Bishop Devadhar and members of the Extended Cabinet are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.

You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.

Today’s prayer

Were You There? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh Lord, I am trembling when I think of you on that Cross. I am deep in despair and sorrow for how you suffered. I tremble when I think of how often I have denied you, ignored you, blamed you. I tremble when I think of you on that Cross for me. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh Lord, I am trembling when I think of your body racked with pain. I tremble when I think of how you were tortured and mocked. How could they have missed what you were trying to offer them? How many times have I missed what you have offered to me? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Oh Lord, my soul weeps for your suffering and mistreatment. My soul trembles for the suffering of our world, pierced by virus, greed, and racism. Lord, I am trembling in my sorrow. I am overcome. Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Oh Lord, I am trembling in these dark hours as I live into your suffering. There is no light without you. How many times have I cried out to you this year with my own suffering, wondering if you are here, if you care? I tremble, Lord, knowing that you are no stranger to suffering. You are here. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Oh Lord, the tomb is dark and terrible. There is no hope in that tomb. I am trembling Lord, for you, for me, for our troubled world. All is lost ...Or is it? Prayer by Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen, Superintendent Katahdin District John 18:1-19:42

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