April 22, 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.
Scriptures: Acts 5:27-32; John 20:19-31 The high priest — afraid of Jesus’ power even in his death, afraid of Jesus’ blood on their hands, afraid of the growing number of believers among those who had been healed, released from torment, washed clean of evil spirits, made whole and well ... the high priest, took action: arresting Peter and the Apostles, locking them up in a public prison. But you, O God who comes in the night, you opened the door, brought them out of prison, told them to go to the temple to tell the people the whole message of Jesus’ life. And when the temple police came to take them to the high priest, they found the prison door locked, and the guards standing by, but no one inside. And news came that the ones the high priest had put in prison were in the temple teaching the people, disobeying strict orders, not to preach, not to teach not to speak the name of Jesus. The Apostles were repeat offenders. O God, who opens prison doors, you call us forth you heal us and frees us to be witnesses to the truth; you set us free from fear and send us to spread the good news. Grant that we may not compromise the gospel for the sake of safety or comfort for fear of false authority for lies that pose as truth, but grant us courage to proclaim the good news in word and deed. We ask this in the name of the risen Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen By Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar