June 27, 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.
“I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.”
— Rev. Dr. William Sloane Coffin
Almighty and eternal God, who is good and forgiving; and abounding in steadfast love, we entrust ourselves to you. We thank you for the stories which have empowered people through the ages and given them hope. Calm our minds, soothe our spirits, and give us a vision of a world and a church yet to be. We come as persons who have something to give to others and to you. Each of us are aware of our areas of strength and of our areas of failure. Keep us firm in the faith we profess and let us be concerned for one another as we join in fellowship and let us respond to the needs we see in others through our prayers and our works of love.
You have called us to follow you, and your voice has been drowned out with the noise of our lives. Forgive us for not listening. Make us mindful that the Son of God has no place to lay his head and make yourself known to us anew. Speak to us again in our moments of quietness, and remind us to slow down, to be silent, and to listen. Transform our defeatist attitudes. Give us courage us to try new behaviors which are filled with purpose and love.
Lift our hearts to you today as the source of our strength and inspiration. We are give you thanks for the gift of another day, and we marvel at the many challenges and possibilities that lie within. Give us the spiritual gifts that we need for today and for all of our tomorrows, and for the strength to take up that which is before us. Let your spirit push us onward and help us not to become distracted by difficulties. Help us instead to become inspired by what might be. Instill within each of us, a desire to face every challenge in life with the possibility of excelling, and turning adversity into victory. We thank you for your abiding presence as we life our voices in praise.
It is in the Spirit of the One who showed us the immense value, and power in love that we offer this prayer together. Amen
Prayer by Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun, Seacoast District Superintendent 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77: 1-2, 11-20; Gal 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9: 51-62