Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 30 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 thirtieth 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 30 – Tuesday, July 28
God of the Journey,
you bless our steps—
as halting as they may be.
You bless our path—
as circuitous as it often becomes.
You bless our direction—
even as you realign it with your own.
You bless our pace—
knowing that our energy ebbs and flows.
You bless our ascent—
as life often seems a struggle.
You bless our descent—
and rejoice in times of ease.
You bless our focus—
when the way ahead is hidden.
You bless our delight—
when the vista takes our breath away.
You bless our companions—
those who offer an hand.
And you bless as we bless others—
those who walk with us each day.
Michael Kooiman, Central, Weston Pastoral Charge, Weston, Ont.
Photo: The United Church of Canada, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)