Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
A 40-day journey of prayer leading us to General Council 42.
For the past three years, the General Council 42 planning team has been preparing for this important gathering.
For the last two years, the Newfoundland and Labrador Conference local arrangements team has been arranging a warm welcome. Soon, we will be able to say “All is now ready!”
The scripture passage that has informed our preparations is Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.” The Moderator, The Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson, has been intentional to have it inform his leadership and reflection on the work of the General Council during this time. As the commissioners to GC42 prepare to make a physical pilgrimage to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, we invite the entire United Church of Canada into a prayer pilgrimage.
For the next 40 days we will pray together. The following prayers have been prayed, written, and shared with us as a daily prayer practice. As you pray each day, please hold in your heart our whole United Church. Think of the power of all of us praying together. So “May it be so.” Amen.
With gratitude for the gifts and competency of the Gathering editorial team, and the wisdom and tenderness with which these prayers have been offered to the church, let us pray.
Rev. Maya Landell, Coordinator of Worship at GC42
We invite you to say the following prayer out loud each day in the 40 days of the Prayer Pilgrimage leading up to General Council 42, along with the specific prayer for the day. We also invite you to pray this prayer during each day of General Council.
May I love this day and all that it brings
The dust, stones or mud beneath my feet
The air I breathe, food I eat, water I drink
May I open my heart to mysteries along the way
Greet fellow pilgrims with welcome and grace
Move lightly and simply through the day
May I give thanks for the Earth, our fragile home
For all my relations who have gone before me
And for all who will follow… I am not alone
May the spirit and blessing of the One who is love
– Holy One among us, all around us, and within us –
Be with me today, and surround me with love
Allison Rennie and Diane Ransom, Naramata, B.C. Created in 2010 by Allison Rennie and Diane Ransom and said aloud each day while walking the Camino de Santiago
Week One ~ Prayer for Day 1 – Monday, June 29
God of all, we give you thanks and praise for this day.
Thank you that you are the God who creates, blesses, calls and redeems us.
In this time, remind us anew that it is your breath that breathes us to new life,
your Word that shapes chaos into order in our lives and in the world.
Keep us attentive to your voice,
that by your grace we might live in the hope to which you’ve called us,
for the sake of this world that you so love.
Strengthen us to offer ourselves, hearts, souls, bodies, minds,
for the sake of your glory, in the freedom and joy which are ours in you.
With Christ, in Christ and through Christ, we pray. Amen.
Aaron Miller, Faith Centennial United Church, Selkirk, Ont.
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