September 14, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Granite 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.
Prayer for Strength and Guidance (based on Matthew 20:1-16)
You bless us all without a status check.
And you have taught of us what you expect.
Reminding us your grace cannot be earned.
We look to you, we have so much to learn.
And yet we often act as if we know
Who deserves the most! Not so and so.
We question how your grace has gone to whom.
But truly it is envy that will fume.
When Matthew tries to teach the last are first
We question how that wisdom even works!
The one who toils hours in the field
We don’t believe in one hour should yield
The same reward? Preposterous—we boast.
And then when we partake Communion hosts
Your muted message aggravates our hearts
Your generosity is off all charts.
Today we are unsure as what to do
Our worshiping is happening with few.
Our families are facing pain and fear.
We look for leaders whom we can revere.
We seek your justice, calling out your name
The people cry, divided, filled with shame.
Show us how we can listen to your Word
With ears that in the past have never heard,
Creator God, your image is imprinted on our souls.
Your grace is ever present to behold.
Your Son showed us what loving really means
Your Holy Spirit comes to us in dreams.
Let all the strength you have for us reveal
Exactly what we need to do to heal.
In Jesus’ name we know we are forgiven.
Let nothing interfere with holy living.
Let plague and prejudice be gone this day
Let health and loving kindness be our way. Amen
Prayer by Rev. Kathleene Card, Pastor, Peterborough UMC; Granite District