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Daily Prayer

August 28, 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.

Today's Prayer

James 1:17-21 (NRSV)

17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[a] 18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 You must understand this, my beloved:[b] let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

You ask us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your [our/my] anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Sometimes, O God, it is easy to forget, when we are impassioned to champion the least in the world, those oppressed by poverty, racism, aging, homelessness, lack of medical care, pandemic, disasters of earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, fire, the right to love and be loved, and, and… that we cannot bear it all. Give us wisdom to know what place you call us to listen, be slow to speak and slow to anger so we do produce your righteousness.

In your mercy, let our words reflect the passion we have for righting the wrongs, supporting those in need with Your WORD. Let us not see our passion as above another’s in the fight for justice, love and peace in your world.

Help me to know what belongs to me to do, what is mine to say, and what is mine to put my heart and being in to right in Your name. Let me be grateful for those whose passion is different than my own. Let Your mercy overflow in the lives of each of us. This is our (my) prayer in the name of LOVE, the Way, the Truth and the Life, of JESUS.

Amen.

Rev Michele St Cyr, Executive Director of UMEM and pastor Corinna UMC

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