Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 31 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-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 31 – Wednesday, July 29
“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all of His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.” -Cory Booker, U.S. Senator, from his Facebook page
Loving and Faithful God,
May we hear these words from Cory Booker
and be reminded that our actions speak so much louder than our words.
May we live our faith out loud everyday
by how we interact with all our neighbours both near and far.
Let our faithful actions lead to faithful conversations
as we spread your love throughout this hurting world, one relationship at a time.
May we see the face of Christ in the people we meet,
and may the people we meet see the face of Christ in us. Amen
Betsy Exley, London Conference Staff, London, Ont.
Photo: Justice Beitzel, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)