June 18, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the 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.
Redeeming God, Who was with Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness, Who heard their cry and saw their desperation, Who opened Hagar’s eyes and quenched their thirst, Who promised sustenance for their future. As we pause, taking deep breaths in and out, We acknowledge your presence with us as our Life Source and Sustainer, We confess “I am the clay and you are the potter,” We pray, “Mold me, make me,” We sing, “Change my heart, O God, Make it ever true.” We find our daily journey not only difficult but also painful, The forces within us overpower us, The enemies around us threaten our justice and peace, The overwhelming concerns rob our joy, We are living in the wilderness, with no hope to be seen. O Lord, you alone are the God of redemption, You alone are God who hears our pleas and responds to our cries, Help us to turn to you instead of submitting to fear, Help us to break through the darkness in and around us, Help us to acknowledge you publicly through words and actions, Strengthen us to “take up our cross and follow you,” Continue to lead us along your course to fulfill your calling upon us. O God, Have mercy upon us, “I count on you from morning to night. Give your servant a happy life; I put myself in your hands!” (Psalm 86:3-4 MSG). You alone are God. My Savior and my Redeemer. Amen. By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10 16-17; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8. The Faith We Sing # 2152 “Change My Heart, O God.”