April 29, 2021A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisisDuring these difficult days, Bishop Devadhar and 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.
Today’s prayerWe praise you, O God of all seasons, as we look out at our gardens this morning,
For you are the Gardener of all plants, the Maker of all breaths, the Source for all that grows,
For the vines and branches of the trees remind us of our communal relationship with you,
For the depth of your love, through which you sent your Son Jesus into the world so that we may abide with you through Christ,
For your constant invitation to share your abounding love with others
Yet we confess that we have failed to abide in love for you and each other
We lift our hearts even if they are filled with hatred, anger, and fear,
Forgive us O God for our hypocrisy, when we say, “I love God,” yet hate our neighbors,
Please prune and take away all that does not reflect the nature of your everlasting love,
Cast out all fear and hatred because your perfect love is within us and available to all,
Remind us of how Jesus’ love changed the world,
Love is the only way of living, the only standard for demonstrating Christ,
Align our minds with yours, change our hearts so that they may reflect your love,
Reform our lives so that we may show love through our actions,
May we allow the world to catch a glimpse of God’s true nature through the way we abide in love,
May we become instruments of your love in a world where hatred is found on every corner,
May the people witness our Loving God as we become a truly loving community,
May the seed of your love that you have planted within our hearts blossom,
May your name be glorified now and forevermore.
By Rev. Taesung Kang, Granite District Superintendent
Based on John 15:1-8; 1 John 4:7-21