Updated 1/3/2010

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PRAYERS FOR RECONCILIATION

Prayer by the Rev. Alan Houghton:

Dear Lord, bless your Church in these trying times as we struggle with new threats to unity. Help us always to hear your voice of love through the cacophony of media blitz. We give thanks for the caring leadership of our Presiding Bishop and ask your blessing on those who hold differing opinions. Give us clarity of vision that our prejudices may not hamper our commitment to follow the way of Jesus, your Son, our Saviour, in whose name we pray. Amen.

From The Book of Common Prayer:

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world know that things that were being cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    

Prayer by Martha Weathers, SCHC:

We thank you, God, that out of your boundless creativity and love, you have revealed yourself in richly various and surprising ways to people of all times and places. May we rejoice in your plenitude and not imagine you too narrowly in our finitude. May we cherish our own religious traditions and convictions without assuming that others must be just like us, that we alone know how to manifest your Kingdom on Earth. May we value kindness and respect in all our human relationships. May we speak our truths with love and listen with our hearts. May we acknowledge the limits of our knowing and expand the boundaries of our loving. Amen.  

 

From A New Zealand Prayer Book:

Creator God, you have made us not in one mold, but in many. Deepen our unity in Christ that we may rejoice in our diversity. Amen.