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Day 19 of 21 Days Of Prayer

April 26, 2024

Matthew 24: 6

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.

While written two thousand years ago, it sounds strangely relevant to today;

as does our inspiration for today from our Pastor.

Day 19 – April 26

Contributed by Pastor Russ Willis

This poem was first offered as a prayer at the end of an online Advent service during COVID and seems as relevant now as it did then.

It first appeared in print in Faith, The Poet Magazine, 2021.

It is based on Paul's invocation in 1 Corinthians 1:3.

Grace to You and Peace

As the world spins out of control

Grace to you and peace

Vanity overwhelms

Grace to you and peace

Strength betrays and power corrupts

Grace to you and peace

Patience wanes and cries go unheard

Grace to you and peace

Pride turns inward and bitter

Grace to you and peace

News wears us down

Grace to you and peace


Grace to you

And peace.

Looking Ahead

Lord You are our Lamp and Shield

Your way is perfect,

and Your word is true;

You are our Light and Refuge.

Some of our prayers on the National Day of Prayer

will focus on Church

We praise You,

our Salvation, Security, Rock and Waymaker.

As Your body, we lift up the Word

and light up the Church

in our prayers.

Acts 2: 42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching

and to the fellowship, to the breaking of the bread

and to prayer.

Everyone was filled with awe,

and many wonders and miraculous signs

were done by the apostles.

All the believers were together

and had everything in common.

Selling their possessions and goods

they gave to anyone as had need.

Every day they continued to meet together

in temple courts.

They broke bread in their homes

and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,

praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

And the Lord added to their number daily

those who were being saved.

May God continue to bless our prayer journey together.

Board of Deacons

United Church of Colchester

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