Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 5 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 fifth 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.
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 5 – Friday, July 3.
Are we ready to say, “Yes” to this journey?
Yes to the journey
Yes to faith
Yes to Jesus as companion on the way
Yes to ministry
Yes to the people of God
Yes to travelling together
Yes to the changing church
Yes to its strengths
Yes to its weaknesses
Yes to the body of Christ in this place
as it is, as we are, good enough
Yes to travelling lightly
Yes to simplicity
Yes to a deeper awareness of all of creation
Yes to an open heart
Yes to gratitude
Yes to a softening of hard edges
Yes to putting one foot in front of the other
Yes to this day
Yes to God within, around, and between
Each day, Yes
Sue Campbell, Caledon Village United Church, Caledon, Ont.
Photo: The United Church of Canada.