Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 3 of a 40-day journey of prayer leading us to General Council 42.
For the past three years, the General Council 42 planning team has been preparing for this important gathering.
For the last two years, the Newfoundland and Labrador Conference local arrangements team has been arranging a warm welcome. Soon, we will be able to say “All is now ready!”
The scripture passage that has informed our preparations is Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.” The Moderator, The Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson, has been intentional to have it inform his leadership and reflection on the work of the General Council during this time. 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 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.
With gratitude for the gifts and competency of the Gathering editorial team, and the wisdom and tenderness with which these prayers have been offered to the church, let us pray.
Rev. Maya Landell, Coordinator of Worship at GC42
We invite you 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 3 – Wednesday, July 1
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)
whose glory shines brighter than the morning sun,
whose grace is deeper than the oceans,
who is more powerful than raging storms,
who from the beginning of time has longed for humanity,
send your Holy Spirit upon us.
God of the ages,
You have shown compassion and mercy
in sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die for us.
Help us to understand your call on our lives.
We answer your invitation with repentance,
we accept your grace and forgiveness.
Holy One, be with us as we offer ourselves,
body, mind, and soul for your service.
We seek first your kingdom, trusting that all else will follow.
Grant us wisdom and strength, mercy and peace.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Heather Joy James, Cayuga United Church, Cayuga, Ont.