Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Ephesians 4:1-16. It comes from the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren.
(based on Ephesians 4:1-16)
One body, one Spirit, one hope,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all,
who is above all and through all and in all,
take this patchwork collection of persons
and quilt together your church.
Like old pieces of cloth,
take these words and songs and prayers,
take our thoughts and inner hungers,
and join them all together into a new and living fabric—
the purpose of which is to cover and color your world
(or at least our corner of it)
with grace and love. In Christ. Amen.
~ posted on the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren website. http://rockhay.tripod.com/