The following are the prayers of the people that Robert put together for the WBB service focused on God as pilgrim (Numbers 14:13-25) held on October 11, 2022. Some of the following text has been borrowed from An Iona Prayer Book by Peter Millar and Gathered and Scattered: Readings and Meditations from the Iona Community by Neil Paynter
Lord of every pilgrim heart, you are beside us and before us on the way, surprising us through your Spirit at every turning on the path. Yet, like your disciples on the Emmaus road, we often fail to recognize our companion. In this morning hour, and in whatever the day may hold, help us to recognize your presence, so we may celebrate with you the gift of this day. [Prayers of thanks for people, places and moments that have shown us God is near.] You lead us through the day and to our rest. We are not afraid, for your sun and moon are above us. God of the pilgrim path and of every pilgrim heart, reveal yourself in situations we would prefer to pass by. Lord of the excluded, help us to notice those who are different from us. Lord, kindle to our hearts within, a flame of love to our neighbours. Go with us on this pathway. Weave our walking with yours, that the steps of our feet may be a journey with your Spirit. Be with us, like a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. (Numbers 14:13) Lord of the land, Creator, it is so easy for us to reach out and take what we want from the world. Help us to see when our bargain is someone else’s impoverishment. [Prayers for our neighbours near and far, who are in need.] Journeying with you, Creator God, is to journey in your world, full of marvels and beauty in sky and sea, and the earth and rock beneath our feet. Journeying with you, Holy Spirit, is like journeying with the wind. Enable us to move to your wild music and then to sing your song. May the journey ahead be blessed with your joy, O God, As well as with your silences, your peace, and all your surprises, - perhaps all in one day. [Prayers for God’s presence where there is need in this city, at the University of Toronto, and across the country.] Pilgrim God, be with us on every road, on every hill, and each step of the journey. Amen.