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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 4: 	Praying together: “I do not call you servants any longer … but I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15)

Prayer

 

Lord Jesus,

your entire life was prayer, perfect harmony with the Father.

Through your Spirit, teach us to pray according to your will of love.

May the faithful of the whole world unite in intercession and praise,

and may your kingdom of love come. Amen.

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021, 26)

 

♪          La joie de notre cœur (The joy of our heart is in God)

Music and words: Community of Grandchamp

 

Responsive Psalm 62: 1 – 6    

 

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

 

How long will you assail a person, will you batter your victim, all of you,
    as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
    They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse.

 

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 11: 1 – 4    

 

1He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come.
    Give us each day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our sins,
        for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
    And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Reflection:

God thirsts for relationship with us. He searches for us as he searched for Adam, calling to him in the garden: “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9) In Christ, God came to meet us. Jesus lived in prayer, intimately united to his Father, while creating friendships with his disciples and all those he met. He introduced them to that which was most precious to him: the relationship of love with his Father, who is our Father. Jesus and the disciples sang psalms together, rooted in the richness of their Jewish tradition. At other times, Jesus retired to pray alone. Prayer can be solitary or shared with others. It can express wonder, complaint, intercession, thanksgiving or simple silence. Sometimes the desire to pray is there, but one has the feeling of not being able to do so. Turning to Jesus and saying to him, “teach me”, can pave the way. Our desire itself is already prayer. Getting together in a group offers us support. Through hymns, words and silence, communion is created. If we pray with Christians of other traditions, we may be surprised to feel united by a bond of friendship that comes from the One who is beyond all division. The forms may vary, but it is the same Spirit that brings us together.

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021, 26)

 

Closing Prayer

 

O God, bring us out of darkness into light. Illumine our hearts with your wisdom. Give us light to guide us to you. O God, shine light into our hearts… light into our ears, light into our eyes, light on our tongues, light at our right hand, light at our left hand, light above us, light beneath us, light before us, light behind us. Shine light into our souls. Flood us with light. Lord, expand our hearts, and prosper our work. Amen

(Pilgrim Prayer, 17)

With the words that Jesus taught us, let us now pray together:

 

Our Father…

 

Benediction

 

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and all peace in faith,

so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.