Psalm 119:49-72; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Today, let us consider how we may pray in these days of social distancing. We may be physically distant from one another, but God is right with us guiding us along through this time. Let us keep praying with others across the nation with eyes on the entire world in which we live. The United Church of Christ, the larger church of which the Berlin Congregational is a part, is committed to the National Day of Prayer with all the local churches across our nation. The following is a description of this commitment:
The United Church of Christ is honoring May 7, the day designated by Congress as a national day of prayer, as a day of healing, hope and lament — and reaching out to ecumenical and interfaith partners to join them.
Rooted in a firm belief in the power of prayer, the UCC is inviting people of faith everywhere to be part of an Interfaith Day of Prayer this Thursday on Facebook and Instagram. At part of its commitment to “a just world for all,” the church will offer prayers for health and wholeness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UCC will publish 24 hours prayer in many voices, from many faiths, praying to God on behalf of our nation and our world on UCC.org and on Facebook. Prayers from all five living United Church of Christ General Ministers and Presidents will be included.
As a church of extravagant welcome, the UCC is inviting members of all faiths to add their prayers to the stream of UCC posts on Facebook (@UnitedChurchofChrist).
“Prayer is our spiritual currency as people of faith,” said the Rev. Traci Blackmon. “It is our primary means of exchange with a God called by many names in covenant with people who differ in being but share one breath. On this National Day of Prayer it is as important as it has ever been to be reminded of our interconnectedness with one another and all of creation. We are deeply grateful for this diverse group of faith leaders, serving in varied spaces, who have agreed to lead us in prayer each hour in ways that connect our hearts, honor the holy, and amplify our cries. May it be so.”
The UCC associate general minister overseeing Justice and Local Church Ministries has invited the contributions of two dozen outspoken religious leaders, so the denomination can share prayers in diverse voices and languages.
A scripture prayer for all of us together is attached.
Blessings on your day,