One of the ways of staying connected with each other is this daily online devotional page.  You will find that it is a little different each day as we try to ensure that we offer a range of different types of devotional materials.  Some may seem more appealing to you than others but it is our hope that, in this variety, you might find some that seem to connect well for you.  We hope you will find these devotions to be life-giving as we make our way through the coming weeks.

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Wednesday, June 3rd

In his sermon last Sunday Phil suggested that we all have a gift in our hands, a gift to share with
others. Today in our Pray-As-You-Go prayer, we are invited to sit with Jesus as we consider this
idea again. Here is the link for you to listen and join in prayer:

https://pray-as-you-go.org/player/prayer/2020-06-03

Dianne

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Tuesday, June 2nd

Daily prayer can always ground us and prepare us in deep ways for all that life might bring in
that day. Some wise and faithful folks in our denomination have written some beautiful prayers
we might use each day to help us with this grounding and preparation. Here is the morning
prayer they have shared for us to pray together as we are drawn.

Morning Prayer
Lover of Humanity, Creator of the Universe, who is known in cradle and cross,
I pause in your presence this morning, seeking to deepen my relationship with you.
Whisper today into my doubts and fears, into my worries and wonderings.
Whisper into my human frailty and vulnerability.
I breathe. (take three deep breaths)
I enter this day in trust and in hope, knowing that your love is greater than anything that might or
might not happen.
I breathe. (take three deep breaths)
As I follow the Way of Jesus today, I will watch for your guidance, your wisdom, your love, your
presence along my path.
May your Spirit inspire all that I do today.
I breathe. (take three deep breaths)
In this moment, I open my heart to all the members of my church community. (pause)
I open my heart to my family (pause), my friends (pause) and my neighbours (pause).
I pray for all those whose day will be challenging and difficult and all who are suffering. (pause)
I pray for all the health-care workers and front-line responders around the world, and for our
government officials that your wisdom might guide them.
I commit myself to embrace the gift of life in all its fulness, even within the challenges of this
time.
Gracious God, grant me the wisdom I need, the courage I need, the patience I need, the hope I
need and the faith I need. In the name of Jesus, our Saviour and Friend. Amen.

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Monday, June 3rd

We begin this week with a liturgical prayer that draws us to consider God’s love for all, particularly for the most vulnerable amongst us, and God’s desire that justice would be a hallmark of the life of all.

May the blessing of God be upon you today,

Dianne

 

From “Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals” (June 3rd,  p. 306-307)

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

 

Come let us bow down and bend the knee: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

 

Pour out your Spirit, Lord: that we might dream your dream.

Psalm 17:1-3, 8-9

Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord; give heed to my cry: listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.

Let my vindication come forth from your presence: let your eyes be fixed on justice.

Weigh my heart, summon me by night: melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.

Keep me as the apple of your eye: hide me under the shadow of your wings,

from the wicked who assault me: from my deadly enemies who surround me.

 

Pour out your Spirit, Lord: that we might dream your dream.

Deuteronomy 4:15-24 Acts 2:1-21

Pour out your Spirit, Lord: that we might dream your dream.

William Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, said, “While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight - I’ll fight to the very end!”

Prayers for Others

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Lord, grant us courage to fight the good fight by treating everybody right.  Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,

wherever he may send you.

May he guide you through the wilderness,

protect you through the storm.

May he bring you home rejoicing,

at the wonders he has shown you.

May he bring you home rejoicing,

once again into our doors.  Amen