Today is the day.

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(word cloud screen shot from Wesley UMC, Concord NH)

A prayer to accompany our work together in the coming weeks.
This was written as a litany but may also simply be a daily prayer.

How might it be for you to practice daily prayer during this worship series?
Focus on the phrase “Today is the day” as you read these words slowly aloud or to yourself.

God in the Spirit revealed in Jesus Christ, calls us by grace
to be renewed in the image of our Creator, that we may be one
in divine love for the world.

Today is the day
God cares for the integrity of creation, wills the healing and wholeness of all life, weeps at the plunder of earth’s goodness. And so shall we.

Today is the day
God embraces all hues of humanity,
delights in diversity and difference,
favors solidarity transforming strangers into friends.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God cries with the masses of starving people, despises growing disparity between rich and poor, demands justice for workers in the marketplace.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world’s warring madness,
humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God calls for nations and peoples to live in peace, celebrates where justice and mercy embrace, exults when the wolf grazes with the lamb.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God brings good news to the poor, proclaims release to the captives, gives sight to the blind,
and sets the oppressed free.
And so shall we.

~From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church – 2012.

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