Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 10 of a 40-day journey of prayer leading us to General Council 42.
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.
This is the tenth day of 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.
You are invited 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.
Prayer for Day 10 – Wednesday, July 8
This room is stuffy.
It’s teeming with energy,
But it’s stuffy.
The message is captivating.
It’s tugging at our heart strings,
and calling us to find you, O God,
in this moment.
But still, we’re tired after long journeys.
And it would be so easy to let our minds wander off
If it weren’t for that butterfly.
From somewhere in the rafters behind me,
it sweeps down in the middle of the room.
I watch as its fluttering wings glide into the peripheral vision of others.
So seemingly out of nowhere that it scares them,
as they catch its movement heading in their direction.
But just as the butterfly wakes us from our tired slumbers –
jolts us to find ourselves here in this place –
its movements calm,
as it floats its way through our space.
And we realize it’s just a butterfly,
as it flutters away.
Lauren Hodgson, St. Matthew’s United Church, Toronto, Ont.
Photo: Kevin Cole, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)