3 July, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Katahdin District 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.
We praise you, Abba Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed yourself to us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
And that you have spoken to us through the Advocate whom you sent, the Holy Spirit.
We long to hear your words of hope
but we confess we often look first to the world instead
We look to the world for love, but instead find anger and hatred;
We look to the world for comfort, but instead find backbiting and panic
We look to the world for healing, but instead find a raging pandemic;
We look to the world for provision but instead find systemic racism and poverty;
We look to the world for wholeness but instead find brokenness and violence;
We look to the world for mercy, but instead find slander and resentment
We look to the world for unity, but instead find bitterness and division;
We look to the world for leadership, but instead find corruption and deception;
We look to the world for justice, but instead find our children of color gunned down by those sworn to protect them.
O Lord our God, we confess that we are weary and burdened
To whom else can we go than you, you who claim to be the Way and the Truth and the Life?
Raise up our heads so we can see your face.
Unstop our ears so we hear your call,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Let us be yoked, not with the world, but with you, Jesus, so we can know your love, comfort, healing, provision, wholeness, mercy, unity, leadership and justice.
Let us be yoked with you, Jesus, so we can join you in your work to bring love, comfort, healing, provision, wholeness, mercy, unity, leadership and justice into this broken world.
On this independence weekend, we declare we are utterly dependent on you, Jesus. We trust not in the freedom the world offers, but rather we trust in the ransom you paid for us on the cross so we can know your true freedom and new life as we are raised together with you and all your children. For it is for freedom that Christ has set us free, to God be the glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Rev. Gwyneth Arrison Matthew 11: 25-30