April 24, 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.
Eternal God, from whom we belong and in whose fellowship is our peace, we worship you. You have filled our lives with challenging opportunities, and you endow us with the capacity to enjoy the wonders of this great world. We give you thanks for the privilege of participation. You have done great things for us, and we rejoice. We are learning more about the complex interconnectedness of our world. We are learning more about the ways we human beings are part of that interconnectedness. As we learn more, our sense of awe enlarges and our understanding of personal and corporate responsibility increases. We are challenged to make our part of this connectedness that which is most harmonious with your way of purpose. We are made to realize that all of life is a source of religious nourishment, and that religious faith is expressed in every aspect of our living. Help us to understand that religious faith is no longer something that assists us in this life. Religious faith is something which permeates all of life, which in turn is nurtured by every aspect of life to which we are sensitive. With these thoughts in mind, we remind ourselves that we come in worship to learn. Teach us to pray. Teach us to listen. Sharpen our awareness to pray and touch us with a fuller sensitivity to the fact, that it is in you that we live, and move, and have our being. We come to you today to be strengthened and to become better participants in life. Make it so we pray. We thank you for every word of truth which has come to us through the life and ministry of Jesus. We trust the expression of his life as an expression of the goodness you expect in us. We trust the same spiritual inspiration that made Jesus what he was, to make us more nearly what we can, and ought to be. As our spiritual needs are partially met through the communication of our spirits with you today, may the spiritual needs of the world be more fully met through the communication of our spirits in it, as we go forth to live, to learn, and to participate more fully in the beautiful garden of your creation. We express our prayer in the same spirit which we believe characterized the life of Jesus. Amen. Prayer by Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun, Seacoast District Superintendent Isaiah 43: 16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3: 4b-14; John 12: 1-8