Let us continue resting our thoughts on God. When you hear the words, “God of each New Day”, you may respond with, “Hear our Prayers.”
We give you thanks, God, for so many things, especially the unusual fourth month of spring-like weather in July, with some sun and yet more water to help plants of all kinds thrive and bloom, and in keeping the fire risk very low. The nighttime’s clear skies on the 3rd also poured forth something – not water, but a scintillating, almost blinding, strong beam of light from the full moon – another beautiful gift for us to enjoy. God of each New Day… “Hear our Prayers.”
We pray for all who are affected by COVID-19, whether in mind, body or spirit. We pray for peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers, climate and health researchers, and all who serve in organizations around the world. For the sake of the health of our radiant Earth and everything on it, grant that people, businesses and governments around the world move steadily and faster toward totally renewable sources of energy and transport. God of each New Day… “Hear our Prayers.”
In the Pacific Mountain Region Communities of Faith Prayer Cycle this week, we pray for St. Andrews United Church and Pastoral Charge in Williams Lake. In the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Prayer cycle, we remember the countries of Djibouti and Somalia. We are thankful for the stable governance that Djibouti has experienced in recent years, and also for the many ways churches and humanitarian groups have prayed for and responded to the many needs in Somalia. We pray for an end to hunger, violence, crime and conflict there, for effective reconciliation, and for stable governments that help all Somalis.
We ask for protection and safety for LGBTQ2SIA+ people, who are persecuted in many countries.
Help, O God, the Bienestar partners involved in our church’s outreach project in Guatemala, and our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Grant that those in the multiple communities be kept from hunger and fear, and be protected and healed from disease. For all those locally who put themselves in harm’s way every day by helping us obtain food, medical care and other essentials, we are thankful and seek your guard for them. God of each New Day… “Hear our Prayers.”
And for these in our midst, we pray for healing in mind, body and spirit for all those named in our Prayer List. And now, be free to say, silently or aloud, those on your minds who are in any kind of need… …God of each New Day… “Hear our Prayers.”
Dear Spirit God, despite the pandemic we are experiencing — may we know blessing and thankfulness in communing with You and with others, also in connecting with the natural world, examples of which are the brilliant celestial bodies; the infinite colours and shapes of trees, rocks, clouds, sunrises and sunsets, flowering plants; the waters of lakes, rivers, oceans; and animals of every sort. From you, experiencing all these and more combine to lift our feelings, soothe our discomfort, and bring calmness to our souls.
Robin Wall Kemmerer tells in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, of a vision of humans interacting with other animals, insects and plants in what she calls “regenerative reciprocity”. She explains, “We are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep… Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put into the universe will always come back.”
God of each New Day… “Hear our Prayers.” Amen.