Jan 8, 2017

Prayer: Called to be One

Here’s a prayer of confession and intercession on the subject of Christian unity. It was written by Christine Sine and posted on Godspace.

Litany of Confession
(inspired by passages like Ephesians 2:14,
John 17, Galatians 3:28, Romans 12:5)

God, we believe you have called us to unity,
but often we have isolated ourselves from others,
God, forgive us for the times we have turned our backs
on those who are different.
God, we believe you have called us
to live together as one body,
God, forgive us for the times we have created division
within your worldwide church.
God, we believe you ask us to look, listen,
and learn from others,
God, forgive us for the times we have ridiculed and attacked
those with different viewpoints.
God, we believe you ask us to accept and seek to understand
all who are called by your name,
Forgive us for the times we have offended you
by failing to love others as we do ourselves.
God, we believe you call us to be one
even as you are one,
Forgive us for the disunity we have harbored
and make us one.

Pause to offer up prayers for unity within the church

God and Creator of all humankind,
your son Jesus Christ prayed that your church might be one
even as you our God are one.
May you renew our minds and rekindle your love in our hearts,
so that by the power of the Spirit,
we might find the Oneness that you intend for us.
God, may we see in your Oneness
our need for unity,
God, may we see in your Three-ness
our need for community
God, may we see in your creativity
our need for diversity,
God, may we see in your Self
our need to love each other.
Amen.

~ from the Lenten series Journey into Wholeness written by Christine Sine. Published in 2009 by Mustard Seed Associates.  The entire series is available on the Godspace website.  http://godspace.wordpress.com/