Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 34 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-fourth 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 34 – Saturday, August 1
Gracious and Holy Spirit,
as we walk toward our gathering in Newfoundland,
we ask that you draw our awareness of the steps we take.
With each step is trust.
We lean forward and for a brief moment we lose control.
Our weight shifts and we risk falling
but trust that our foot will land on solid ground,
ready to catch us in time to risk all over again.
As we look to General Council, we risk.
Will this be a successful step or will we fall on our faces?
Will we collectively swing our feet around to catch us as we lean forward?
Will there be solid ground to catch us?
Will there be solid ground
from which we may spring into the next moment of risk, our next surrender of control?
We walk with faith –
faith that as a church community, we are walking together.
We walk with all the saints of all times and places
who have seen your promise
and have taken that audacious step from what we know to what could be.
We walk with you, our God, our source, our way,
and know that, as the ground of our being, you are the ground onto which we step.
We know that this ground is always sure
but is also the base from which we once again lean forward,
balancing on the precipice of risk and faith.
We pray as your faithful people, Amen.
Jim Tenford, St. Andrew’s United Church, Moose Jaw, Sask.