July 13, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Commonwealth West District of the New England Conference 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.
Based on: Romans 8:12-25 Psalm 86: 11-17
We’ve had so much to pray for, Living God… Our lives have been stirred and mixed-up by a tiny virus. We’ve turned to you to help us through days of change. We’ve had so much to pray for, Living God… As we recognize that injustice continues in our world, pandemic or not. We’ve turned to you to help us through days of unrest and protest. We’ve had so much to pray for, Living God… As we realize the worship services we return to will not be the ones we left. We’ve turned to you to help us through still more days filled with change. And so, we come to You and we pause… We stop to listen: where should we pay attention? (silence) We stop to listen: to whom should we be listening? (silence) We stop to listen: who has been ignored, unheard, unloved?
(silence) We stop to listen: who is our neighbor who is in need of love? (silence) We stop to listen, to simply sit with You, to be with You, We stop to remember that You are not going anywhere. (silence) May our time of shared silence with You, Living God, remind us that You are with us, no matter what. And we’re grateful, for we need You now more than ever! AMEN Catherine MacGovern, Retired Diaconal Minister, Member of Trinity UMC in Springfield, Commonwealth West District