May 3, 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.
“This is the very day God acted — let’s celebrate and be festive!” (Psalm 118:24 MSG)
Our Shepherd of every hope,
As we gather this morning in our own sanctuaries, virtually connected with each other in the presence of the Holy Spirit,
Help us to praise you for all the blessings that we have in the midst of all the negatives.
Let your people realize that you guide us throughout our lives as our Good Shepherd,
Let your children learn to lean into the relationship we have with you and with each other.
Forgive us when we do not pay attention to your voice and guidance,
Forgive us when we do not spend enough time with you even as we so desperately need it,
Forgive us when we do not trust you when the worries of life lead us into despair and impatience.
Assure us that you are our constant companion, ready to forgive, and able to lift all our burdens.
Assure us that you are beside us.
When loneliness creeps in, fill us with the warmth of your love,
When sadness is unbearable, embrace us with your gentle comfort,
When our pain is severe, soothe us with your healing power,
When depression darkens the soul, touch us with your eternal joy.
Call us out from the darkest valley,
Call us out from the many dangers, the fear of contraction and an uncertain future,
Call us out from the turmoil of this viral disease,
Call us out from the survival mindset of institutionalized religion.
Call us to rededicate ourselves to the essence of the Church,
Call us to live out a radical Christian life as they did in Acts 2,
Call us to be a sign and affirmation of hope for a disoriented world,
Call us to redefine the Church post-Coronavirus,
Call us to reach out to the world with new possibilities, expressions, and forms of communication,
Call us to praise you with great joy and demonstrate your goodness to everyone,
Call us to “have real and eternal life, more and better life than [we] ever dreamed of.”
By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137); John 10:1-10 MSG Translation