Blessed are you, O God, creator of the universe and giver of all good gifts to your children. Today, we thank you for your church. We praise you for all you have done in and through the church to love us and the world in which we live.
O God, we love your church. We know your church to be your bold dream of a body of people united in service to you. Give us the heart and mind to become the body of Christ.
We pray that we might have the eyes of Christ. Our prayers rise up to you, so that we may see every person as a person of worth, respond in loving concern for all persons, and know every person as a person for whom Christ died. Guide us to see the world as Christ saw the world: full of people who need healing, care and compassion. Help us have the eyes of Christ, so we may love as we have been loved.
We pray, that we might have the voice of Christ so that we may speak fearlessly and compassionately the words of your good news to every person in our neighborhoods, our city, and the world.
Lord, we pray that we might have the hands of Christ so that we may be directly engaged in healing hope with the poor of our city, in the midst of the divisions between races, rich and poor, male and female, among those who are economically deprived and politically oppressed; with those who are emotionally and mentally ravaged and those in the grip of alcohol and other drugs.
We pray that we might breathe with the spirit of Christ so that the desire of our lives is to know your heart of love, know the glory of your righteousness, know your infinite concern about the imbalances and injustices of life.
We want to share in Christ’ vision of the kingdom in the church: of the way it reorders our lives and reorganizes our priorities and redeems our fallen human institutions.
Let the desires that were in Christ Jesus be in us even as the mind that was in Christ Jesus is in us. Let the love that was shown by Christ Jesus be shown through us that being united to Christ, we shall reveal to the world around us the dream you have for your creation, that we all may be one, sharing life and love and possessions, until we are caught up in the joys of your kingdom.
O God, today we thank you for your church, make each of us, more like you all to your glory and our good as we offer ourselves to you in the name of Jesus Christ who taught us to pray saying
Our Father, who art in heaven… Amen.