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Anniversary prayer from the Uniting Church in Australia (2)

A prayer written by Dr Jill Tabart, national president, UCA, 1994-1997; consensus mentor, WCC 9th Assembly; for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

12 January 2018

Living, loving God,
For the guidance of your Holy Spirit in the formation, the development, and the diverse ministries of the World Council of Churches:
– we give you thanks!
For wisdom gained through interaction with ecclesial colleagues, pilgrims together on the way of Jesus:
– we give you thanks!
For new ways of being church, freshly revealed as we work together in ecumenical councils to advance your kingdom on earth and the unity of your followers:
– we give you thanks!

For times when the church’s witness has brought shame on your name:
– we seek your forgiveness, O God.
For times when insistence that our particular heritage has more value than that of other parts of your church:
– we seek your forgiveness, O God.
For times when decision-making in councils of your church has felt like a polarising, hard-fought battle, more than a genuine seeking to discern your will for your church:
– we seek your forgiveness, O God.

For the opportunity to pray together, to listen to each other, to discern together your leading for your church throughout the world:
– we commit ourselves this day.
For the integrity to learn from our mistakes, and to not give in to disillusionment when things don’t work as planned in our mission endeavours:
– we commit ourselves this day.
For hearts filled with eagerness as your people together on your way:
– we commit ourselves this day.

In the name of Jesus our Lord we bring this prayer.

Amen

 

(Dr Jill Tabart,
National president, UCA, 1994-1997; consensus mentor, WCC 9th Assembly)