July 24, 2021
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
The clergy and laity of the New England Conference 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
The United Methodist Church is celebrating 25 years of the Order of Deacon, who are ordained to word, service, justice and compassion. This week we are celebrating the wide variety of ways that our conference has lived this out through our laity and clergy.
Christ of our mothers and fathers in the faith and in the flesh, we marvel at the love You showed us while You walked this earth, God’s love, a love beyond the scope of human knowledge. We praise your name and claim it our own! We sing rejoicing in our salvation! We bathe in the showers of your grace! Yet, our eyes wander to that which we desire and not have, and our hearts seek to be more than satisfied. Even though we say that You are enough, our raw humanness is tempted to seek the treasures and the abundance that are beyond our reach. Today we confess that it is hard to resist temptation and difficult to live truly fulfilled by the knowledge of your grace alone. On this day of worship, we bow before your Throne of truth and justice recognizing that the details of our lives get tangled and complicated, and we falter and fail, sometimes even with the best intentions. In this moment that we have set apart as holy, we come fully aware that we are still in need of your love, that eternal love that surpasses our conception of grace. Pour your Holy Spirit upon us and strengthen our inner being so that we may be filled with the fullness of God. To You we return, and from your presence we go to serve your Holy Name. Amen.
Based on 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21
Written by Maylis de la Fe-Rodriguez. Maylis is a Provisional Deacon from Aldersgate UMC in Chelmsford, MA, Commonwealth West District