“For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.”
Ephesians 2:14 NRSV
God of shalom, peace-breathing Spirit, Christ who is our peace–
Come into the brokenness of our lives and our land with the healing light of your love and peace. Forgive our passive waiting and selfish longing for less-inconvenienced lives. Break our hearts wide open so that compassion for the other, care of neighbor and planet, and your reckless love can move us toward a more just wholeness. Remind us that strength is not in our sameness, but in our willingness to find unity in the beauty of our diversity. Renew our resolve to be instruments of your justice and peace, for the sake of all the world you so dearly love. Amen.
Apostle Janné C. Grover, Community of Christ
Thank you for participating in our weekly invitation to prayer. We call on you now to join us in “40 Days of Prayer to Transform: A Journey to Newness.” Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners will join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.