May 26, 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.
O God, we open our collective souls to your presence, and we bow before the mystery of your creative power. We lift our hearts to you as the source of our creation, and our help in every time of need. As we find ourselves at the dawning of a new day, we ask for your continued strength as we reach for greater knowledge. Impart upon us the spiritual gifts that we need for this day; and for all of our tomorrows.
Though we encounter the trials of life, you, O God, remain our constant companion. Be with those undergoing difficulties in coping with the challenges of life today. You know our fears when life seems unfair and when we feel faint of heart. You know the angst that obstructs us, the temptations we resist, and the limitations we must overcome. Help us to release our resentments, and fill us with your peace.
We live in the assurance that you free us from that which is destructive. Preserve our lives according to your will, and for the sake of your realm. Help us to seek your good for the world, and to serve one another in the fellowship of our Christ like spirits. Give us courage in the midst of this pandemic, and grant us peace as we are walk through uncharted valleys. Make us valiant in our service to you and the world. Grant us with a sense of your presence, and fill us with courage as we come again to a greater certainty.
We thank you for the qualities of goodness, mercy, wisdom and love that you have blessed us with; and may we be a witness to these things. Amen and Amen
Refrain: Jesus, Savior, Lord lo, to thee I fly; Saranam, Saranam, Saranam; thou the Rock, my refuge that’s higher than I; Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.
In the midst of foes I cry to thee from the ends of earth wherever I may be; my strength in helplessness, O answer me: Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.
In thy tent give me a dwelling place and beneath thy wings may I find sheltering Grace; O lift on me the sunshine of they face: Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.
O that I my vows to thee may pay, and that by faithfulness to me each day may live, and on they love my burdens lay: Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.
Yesterday, today, forever the same, lo the heritage of all who bear thy name; to ransom them from sin the Savior came: Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.
By Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun, Superintendent Connecticut/Western Massachusetts District
John 17: 1-11 & Acts 1: 6-14
Words: UMH Trad. Pakistani; trans. By D.T. Nilkes. 1963 (PS 61 Heb. 13:8)
Music: Trad: Punjabi melody; arr. By Shanti Rasanayagam, 1962