Nov. 12, 2021A daily prayer from the New England ConferenceMembers of the New England Conference 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 PrayerMark 13: 1-8
O holy One, we pause to express our appreciation for another day of life, and to give thanks for the privilege of participation. We confess that there are somedays we are full of worry, and sometimes our lives are full of stress and unrest. Be our source of strength when we are weak. In our brokenness help us find healing, in our loneliness; belonging, and in our emptiness may we find meaning. Remind us of our identity as a people of faith, as we call upon your name and seek your goodness and mercy through all of our days.
We long to feel a closeness to you. With these thoughts in mind, we remind ourselves that we come to you for spiritual nourishment. We humbly ask for the spiritual gifts that we need for today and for all of our tomorrows. When we are weary and feeling isolated, and when our spirits are dry; sharpen our awareness and teach us to pray.
Touch us with a fuller sensitivity that it is in you that we live and move and have our very being. Strengthen and nurture us so that we will increasingly become better participants in this experience that we call life. Give us a consistent kindness and compassion for others.
As our spiritual needs are partially met through the communication of our spirits with you today, may the spiritual needs of the world be more fully met through the communion of our common life. We thank you for every word of truth which has come to us through the life and ministry of Jesus. We trust that this spiritual inspiration can make us more nearly what we can and ought to be. Restore our faith, renew our visions, and lead us to a better world. Be our God and be our Guide for today and all of our tomorrows.
We express this prayer in the same Spirit which we believe characterized the life of Jesus. We pray in your name. Amen
BE THOU MY VISION
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Walking or sleeping, they presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Great God of heaven my treasure thou art.
Great God of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Prayer written by Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun Seacoast District Superintendent
Be Thou My Vision Ancient Irish; translation by Mary Byrne 1905 versed by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912. alt.
Music Trad. Irish melody; harm. By Carlton R. Young, 1963
UMH #451 United Methodist Publishing House 1989