Jan 8, 2012

Closing Prayer: Christian Unity

Here’s a closing prayer for unity written for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25).  It was posted on the World Council of Churches website.

Closing Prayer
(Romans 8: 35-37; Ephesians 4:4-6)

Blessed be the Lord our God for the love which you have shown us
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In him who loved us we are conquerors
over hardship, distress, persecution,
famine, nakedness, peril and the sword.

In the silence of abandonment and solitude,
of sickness and death,
pour out the riches of your blessing,
that we may be ever more faithful to serve you
in our sisters and brothers,
and that our joy to do your will be ever greater.

We bless you and glorify you,
for you listen to the silence of our hearts.

You act within us with power, healing us and leading us
to speak in the name of Jesus, your Son.

Send us into the world to carry out your will
and to break down the walls of silence which separate us.

May we witness to you, our only Saviour,
being ever more united by “one faith and one baptism”.

And may we grow in grace
and in the peace of God which passes all understanding,
that your name may be glorified.

Amen.

— from Resources for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and throughout the year (2007), jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.  Posted on the World Council of Churches website.  

For more worship resources related to Christian unity, click on Christian Unity in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page, or see this Resources for Christian Unity Index