October 26, 2021
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
Members of the New England Conference 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.
O God of love and hospitality, who calls us to love our neighbors for who they are and welcome them no matter where they come from. The myriad colors of the fall foliage remind us of the beauty of diversity and harmony within it. We are grateful for the immigrants among us, whom we can embrace and celebrate for their uniqueness. Let us remember that Jesus was seen as an outsider and reform our perspective towards those who come from different backgrounds. Our Companion God, before you, we humbly confess that we all are sojourners seeking your way for us and we often get lost. We also realize that we live in a land of “famine,” brokenness, and devastation. We pray for the marginalized, who face challenges in a treacherous land; our hearts go out to the immigrants, the oppressed, and the refugees. May we exemplify your love, joy, and radical hospitality as we welcome some 1,000 special friends from Afghanistan to New England. We are blessed to be the first to introduce them to their new home after leaving their familiar hometowns and country. Let us meet them in their uncertainty and fear as they make this transition. We commit to resembling your unconditional love through actions that bring comfort and healing. Let us serve as beacons of hope and encouragement so they may dream again. As we love your people, O God, restore our joy of salvation and strength, help us to learn the relentless love shown in Ruth, make us known as a community of love and hope. Continue to guide us this day as we go forth knowing we will, “go where you go, and dwell where you dwell,” as your beloved community. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Based on Ruth 1:1-18 By Rev. Taesung Kang, Granite District Superintendent