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World Prayers

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“Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”

1 Corinthians 10:17

Yesterday, we celebrated World Communion Sunday in worship. This day calls the Church to be a universal and inclusive Church. On this day, we remember that the Church is called to be the body of Christ and that we celebrate that truth with our sisters and brothers around the world. As the body of Christ, we engage in God’s work of love together and we share in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

There is a prayer written for World Communion Sunday that I saw many years ago somewhere and clipped out and saved. I share it with you and invite you in the midst of the chaos and confusion of our world, to allow the words to remind us of our common ground and oneness in Christ.

Dear God, your will is that we may be one. We thank you that you call us into communion with you and with each other. Your generosity and mercy are always taking us by surprise. We bless you for the vision of inclusion, solidarity, and compassion which breaks us open, widens our sympathies, and enlarges our hearts. We commend into your gracious care all those whom it would be easy for us to forget—the homeless and the hungry, the addicted and the lost, abandoned souls and hurting children. We thank you for the imagination and generosity of those who minister in the name of love and compassion to those who are most in need. Let us, together, seek to serve the needy, the rejected, and the forgotten. God of all people, confront our indifference, challenge our boundaries, surprise us with joy. Amen.