April 11, 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.
Eternal God, from whom we belong and in whose fellowship is our peace, we worship you today. Speak to us through our silence; and speak to us as we offer our prayers. We are thankful for this time which brings rest and reflection
We look to you as the one who gives us life, and provides all the resources with which our lives can be meaningfully sustained. We stand in special need of an extra measure of wisdom, grace, and love.
We perceive ourselves to be your human children, all sisters and brothers in one great family, regardless of the distinctions which create such wonderful variety among us.
We are in trouble, and we therefore join our hopes and concerns, in a common prayer to be nurtured in finding a solution to a bacterium that threatens; and leaves your creation vulnerable. We pray for wisdom in every imaginable way. It is here that the solution of the problem must begin.
You have blessed us with memories of times gone by, and you point us toward a future that is full of promise. Fill our lives with challenging and interesting opportunities. As we prepare ourselves for the greatest mystery of the Holy Season, enable us to dream and be inspired with the knowledge of your eternal love.
Though we still encounter trials in life, you, O God, remain our constant companion. You know the fears that we combat, the temptations we resist, and the limitations we must overcome. We live in the assurance that you will free us from all that is destructive, and preserve our lives according to your faithfulness.
For the sake of your earthly dominion, help us to seek well for the world, and serve one another in the fellowship of your spirit. Remind us of the many human needs which are never met and of the struggles among so many people in this world. Let your compassion be upon all who feel suffering and sorrow.
Through growing wisdom, enable us to find ways to help that which makes a difference. Enable us to demonstrate the way of love through the expression of our lives, and may the attractiveness of our personal example influence others.
Empower us to look to the future with confidence and hope. It is in the spirit of the One who displayed the great value and power of love, that we offer this prayer. Amen.
Hymn of Promise
In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed, and apple tree; In cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds a mystery. unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity. In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
By Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun, CT/Western MA District Superintendent Romans 6: 3-11; Psalm 114 (UMH 835); Matthew 28: 1- 10 Hymn of Promise: UMH 1989: Words and Music by Natalie Sleeth. 1986