August 12, 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.
Scripture Reading: Luke 12: 49-56
O God, of love
who does not dispense grace cheaply,
you sent Jesus to bring fire to the earth
to bring our divisions to a head
to show us that the way to peace is not the absence of division
is not unity based on uniformity
is not to escape from this life;
the way to peace is to be present with;
to be presence within this tumultuous world. God, let your fire burn in us,
not to destroy us
but to cleanse us;
not to exterminate beauty,
but to clear space for new growth;
not to leave your creation vulnerable and defenseless,
but to protect and heal it from disease.
God, help us! to submit ourselves
to the refiner’s fire
that will remove our dross,
purify our desires
melt and mold us,
that we may share in Jesus’ baptism,
and be born anew.
In the name of Christ, Jesus who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
By Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar