September 4, 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.
James 2: 13 “There will be no mercy in judgement for anyone who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy overrules judgement." CEB Lord,
the words of Scripture challenge us to leave the easier way of life, judgement, for the way of life that leads to living in Jesus, mercy.
How many times did Jesus speak and show mercy before judgement?
Oh, yes, mercy before judgement makes for seeking a way of life that requires us to think, pray, and live the grace we have received from You.
Many times Jesus showed mercy before judgement and when it seemed like he showed judgement, it was because he showed mercy for those being oppressed.
How wonderful did the woman at the well find his mercy over judgement?
Enough to go and tell all those who judged her the GOOD NEWS!
How wonderful was it for the Syrophoenician woman to hear words of mercy when Jesus heard her words, reminding those listening (and maybe even Jesus, himself) of the greater purpose of love and mercy?
May we know mercy over judgement and share mercy over judgement in our world.
In the name of Love,
Rev Michele St Cyr, Director UM Economic Ministries and Pastor Corinna UMC