July 30, 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.
Based upon Ephesians 4:1-16 Gracious and Almighty God, we come before you today with humble and penitent hearts. For too long we have labored under the cloud of a virus that has disrupted our lives, and a world of politics run amuck that has compromised our relationships. We have turned inward and have grown angry, bitter, and disillusioned. We speak words in anger designed to hurt rather than heal. We have lost the humility, the gentleness, the patience that you call for us to show towards one another. We have fractured the unity of the Spirit and shattered the bond of peace. We are lost and adrift. But with you, O Lord, all things are possible. In you, O Lord, we are still sharing the one hope of our calling grounded in one faith and one baptism. Help us rediscover the love for one another that marks us as Christians before the eyes of the world. Give us strength and patience to navigate the tasks of reopening that lie before us. Help us display the humility and love that rebuilds relationships and brings glory to your Name. Help us be hope, be light, be truth for the world around us. And Lord, let us never forget that we never walk this, or any road without you. By Rev. David B. Williams, pastor of Hazardville United Methodist Church of Enfield, CT, Seacoast District