Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 33 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-third 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 33 – Friday, July 31
God of Wonder and Change,
I give you thanks that you are with us and walk with us on our journey.
As we move through this time of change in our culture and in the church,
may I be open to your spirit moving through us.
O God, this is a challenging and exciting time.
May I draw on the strength and wisdom of your Spirit in community,
as we seek together ways of moving forward that will provide opportunities
for your church to continue in new and vibrant ways.
Grant all of us wisdom as we discern the future for this church of ours.
May we be able to let go of what we need to,
in order to embrace new ways of being church
for our time and for future generations.
I give thanks for what we have been, for what we are, and what we will be.
May we be able to provide the resources needed for this new era of our faith community.
May I be open to what you are calling me to do,
in order to be a part of this new thing you are doing in our midst.
Bless us all, as we do this your work and ministry in this place and time,
for now, and for generations to come.
In honour of the Christ, in and with us, I pray. Amen
Russell Mitchell-Walker, Eastside United Church, Regina, Sask.
Photo: Rose Braverman, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)