April 3, 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. Today’s prayer
O God of Creation, You are indeed in our world. From dawn to dusk; from mountain tops to beneath the sea; and from west to east. When we gather in the sanctuary to sing to you songs of joyful salvation, When we scatter to our own homes to offer our cry to you for help, You are near us and surround us. Have mercy on us, for in you we take refuge. Help us to “see the Sovereign Lord is on our side.”
O God of Wisdom, You are at work in our world. Through the leaders of our world who make life-altering, community-shifting decisions for our nations, Through the hands of first responders, medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers, responsible for fighting the new coronavirus, Through the hands of grocery store workers and delivery drivers, Grant them your guidance, wisdom, and protection. They are how we “see the Sovereign Lord is on our side.”
O God of Peace, Who transcends all our understanding. May your abiding peace and comfort come upon Those who lost their loved ones, Those who are infected with COVID-19, Those in quarantine, Those at a higher risk of contracting the disease, Those who lost their jobs and are facing financial crisis, Those in undocumented communities, Those who are adjusting to their new ways of life, Give them your peace so that they may have no fear and their hearts may be at ease. Help them to “see the Sovereign Lord is on our side”
O God of Comfort, Who never grows weary. Awaken us each morning with your hope and clothe us with your mercy, And “open our understanding to your will.” Give us your perspective and teach us how to pray. Fill us with your comfort So that we may share your comfort with the weary.
“Even if we are walking in darkness without a ray of light, May we trust in the Lord and rely on our God.” We trust God’s help is here. God is indeed in our world. “See, the Sovereign Lord is on our side.”
By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a NLT