May 18, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the 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.
Holy and living God,
In you “we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28)
In you we find our shelter and strength,
In you our hearts are being filled with joy each morning,
In you we sing praises with a new song,
In you we trust that your promises are the way.
Like those disciples in Acts 1 experiencing the time in between,
Witnessing Ascension of Jesus Christ and awaiting the decent of the Holy Spirit,
A time in between staring into heaven and staying in one place.
During our time in between,
We wait with hope for you are the source of every hope,
We wait with patience for your timing is always perfect,
We wait with prayer for you are listening intently,
We wait with praise for you take all our anxieties as we cast them on you.
During this time, we pray especially for…
Those who are graduates with uncertainty hindering their future,
Those who lost their jobs and are finding ways to meet their finanical needs,
Those who lost their loved ones, and their funeral services are limited or postponed,
Those who are fighting against addiction and are unable to meet with their recovery groups,
Those who feel fear as hate crimes and incidents arise.
During this time, O God,
Enter into our sorrows, worries, addictions, financial burdens, fears, and injustices,
Fill us with your grace, hope, and joy abundantly,
Turn each home into a place of peace, unity, and love for each other,
Renew our hearts and minds to seek the knowledge of your mercy and love,
Help our souls to be united in incessant prayer.
Let us receive this prayer of Apostle Paul:
“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing [God] personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is [God] is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life [God] has for [you], oh, the utter extravagance of [God’s] work in us who trust [the Lord]—endless energy, boundless strength!”
Let it be so. Amen.
By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent
Acts 1:1-11; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; Ephesians 1:15-23MSG Translation