July 4th, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the YOUR 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.
Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying, Gracious God, hear our prayer. God of all goodness, we give thanks for the newness you give each of us every day. We thank you for your surprises, for the people you put in our paths to show us new dimensions of your faithfulness. Gracious God, hear our prayer. We give you thanks for all people of faith, for churches everywhere, for the differing insights into your will offered and proclaimed by many teachers to guide and refresh your people. Gracious God, hear our prayer. We thank you for all nations, for racial and ethnic differences, for the variety of languages, foods, and lands you have created. Mold us into people who praise you for the marvels you set before us. Help us not to fear distinctions but to embrace them as your gifts. Gracious God, hear our prayer. Soften us, Lord, so that we are able to enter into others’ pain. When we are healthy, make us grateful. When we are in need, help us to receive the care of others. Gracious God, hear our prayer. We pray for those who suffer; for those who have no home, for all who lack enough food, for people who have no work or work that is live giving, for all who live in fear, and for all who hunger for peace and do not know where to turn. Gracious God, hear our prayer. We prayer for all the needs we name now silently or aloud…. Gracious God, hear our prayer. Fill us, O God, with your power. make us whole so that we journey with complete faith. Into your hands we commend all who need our prayers, trusting in your compassion, through Christ Jesus, our Savior and Lord. AMEN
Rev Michele St Cyr
*Reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume2: Trinity Sunday through Reign of Christ. Copyright 2014