May 27, 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.
we will not
gather in one place this Pentecost
wearing red, standing close together,
crowded in sanctuaries adorned with symbols.
We will gather
in separate rooms
amidst a pandemic,
literally, people from every nation
speaking in countless languages.
As we stand in this unusual place
amidst uncertainty and fear
we pray that we will re-member
the first Pentecost, our Story,
that we will hear afresh the witness of Peter
proclaiming Joel’s prophesy of God —
people of all ages and stations,
seeing visions, dreaming dreams,
witnessing signs and wonders --
even in days clouded by sickness and worry.
Like the early apostles
fill us with courage,
to be your beloved global community,
to read andproclaim the signs of the times,
to demonstrate your Good News with our lives.
Make us the Church of the Pentecost
embracing people of every hue, accent, and theology,
hearing about your deeds of power
spoken by many witnesses in many languages --
and our joy shall be full
and our hope be proclaimed.
Consume us with refining fire.
Redeem us with your unending love.
Propel by your holy wind.
We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, who lives and reigns with You, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
By Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-21