Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 32 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 thirty-second 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 32 – Thursday, July 30
grant us wisdom to know when to listen and when to speak.
Grant us courage to know when to act and when to stand firm.
Grant us strength to know what needs to be held on to and what needs to be let go.
Grant us patience when we feel there isn’t any left.
Grant us your vision for the world
so that we might be able to look beyond the surface of our own needs to the needs of others.
Grant us forgiveness when we fail to listen to your still small voice
and choose the easy way instead of the right way.
Open our eyes to see the connection we share to all creation
and instill within us a deeper sense of responsibility for it.
Your love and compassion for all holds us each day.
May we feel that embrace
and may it sustain us giving us the wisdom, courage, strength, patience and vision
to be Christ’s hands and feet in this world.
Betsy Exley, London Conference Staff, London, Ont.
Photo: jennie-o, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)