Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 22 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-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 22 – Monday, July 20
based on Matthew 9:1-6
Jesus gathered the twelve together
and suddenly they had authority,
and Jesus said,
Go. Proclaim the kingdom.
Take nothing –
no bag, nor bread,
nor money nor change of clothes.
And so they set out,
with nothing other
filled with good news,
eager to carry it…
may we who gather
be so emboldened.
May we gain such vision
from one another’s presence
and from the Spirit
who may want to hold on to and carry so much,
freely and eagerly together,
ready to leave all by the wayside,
filled with good news,
eager to carry it.
Sheryl Spencer, Mount Forest Pastoral Charge, Mount Forest, Ont.
Art: Georges Rouault Christ and the Apostles. Photo: Ben Sutherland, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)