Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 21 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 twenty-first 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 21 – Sunday, July 19
We come to this place of gathering…
anticipating the joy of friends re-united and new friends to find.
We come…feeling the import of the discerning work we need to do.
We want to be open to Spirit in the midst of our church
as she is active in the world around us…stirring within each one.
Forgive us for the time not taken—in quiet preparation for this work;
in the nurturing of Spirit connection in our own lives, and in the lives of our congregations.
We are present now…wanting to see.
Like walking the beach after the storm…all appears new.
These rocks have been moved.
This small pool, home to so much life, is quite different now.
The birds are finding their nourishment in new places.
Yet all is teaming with life! We see it all around.
May we be as resilient as the ocean life.
May we see changing landscape as new opportunities.
Blow, stormy winds, blow.
We will look with hearts
to notice what newness you have brought at the end of our time together!
Pix Butt, York-Covehead Pastoral Charge, York, P.E.I.
Photo: Cléo Morgause, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)