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ELMC Prayer August 2012

We are grateful for this prayer offered by the Rev. David Burroughs, president of Passport, Inc. and a member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. David serves on the ELMC Administrative Board and is member of the Committee on Outdoor Ministries and the Ecumenical Youth Ministry Staff Team.

Psalm 13 NRSV

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
   How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
   and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed’;
   my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
   my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the
   because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

Lord, we see the Promised Land.  We know that life in You gives meaning, peace, protection, vision and challenge.  But Lord, we also see a reality that washes over us like a Tsunami of debris; full of pain, sadness, gun and domestic violence both in our own communities and across the globe.  It is easy to understand how an enemy might say, ‘I have prevailed,’ and there are days when we feel shaken to our core. 

Our hearts quickly move toward the end of this Psalm of lament as we long to be reminded of Your steadfast love and Your bountiful provision.  Yet we pause today and recognize that the reality of a risen Christ means that we have a part in bringing about Your salvation for others.  Standing beside sinners and saints, ready to move toward others to offer hope and help, from the bounty that is ours to share.  God, we do trust in Your steadfast love, and we are ready to be the hands and feet of Jesus, offering that love to a broken and desperate world.

All this we pray in the name of the powerful and peaceful Jesus, our Savior, Amen.


Note: David's prayer is a response to the tragedy in Aurora, Colo. More on the NCC response.

Concerns and Observances:

for the Rev. Dr. Raymon Hunt, former ELMC chair and Secretary, Christian Education Department of the A.M.E. Zion Church, upon his upcoming retirement

for the Rev. David H. Chai, Presbyterian Church USA and former chair of PAACCE (Pacific Asian American Canadian Christian Education) upon the death of his mother

for the ministry and the participants of the Annual Session of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, August 5-10, Memphis, TN

for the meeting of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches—the highest governing body in the interim between assemblies—Crete, Greece, August 28-September 5

we call upon our God of abundant compassion and restoration to look upon dry lands and parched earth

in times of national distress we pray for God’s peace that passes all understanding


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