Jan. 14, 2022
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.
Loving God, We do not want to be uninformed. Thank you for the spiritual gifts given that allow us to be your loving people. Remind us that you have given us everything we need in each moment to love you and to love one another. Thank you for the reality of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, diversity, and interpretation. Remind us that you have given these gifts – these manifestations of the Spirit – to each of us and you activate them for the common good. Forgive us when through lack of faith or our fear or despair, we have withheld our gifts. Forgive us when through ego or privilege, we have stood in the way of others’ gifts. Forgive us when we have diminished your Spirit. Help us to demonstrate in our living and breathing that we cannot live in you without depending on the gifts of others. Today, as we begin a new year, we breathe, and again center ourselves in you. Steady our fear and trembling as we speak the words of the old prayer:
I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, Exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.
Rev. Ted Crass, President, The United Methodist Foundation of New England. Inspiration: 1 Cor 12.1-11; A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition, UMH 607.