PRAYER: For The Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity 2016

For The Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity 2016

Created by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Prayers for the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit,
gift of the Father through his Son, Jesus Christ,
dwell in us all, open our hearts
and help us to listen to your voice.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Holy Spirit, Divine Love,
source of unity and holiness,
show us the love of God.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Holy Spirit, Fire of Love,
purify us, removing all divisions
in our hearts, in our communities and in the world,
and so make us one in Jesus’s name.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Holy Spirit,
strengthen our faith in Jesus,
truly divine and truly human,
who carried our sins of division to the cross
and brought us to communion in his resurrection.

Holy Spirit, come upon us.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
dwell in us
that we may become a communion of love and holiness.
Make us one in you,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Amen.


Prayers of Reconciliation

God invites us to reconciliation and holiness. Let us turn our minds, hearts, and bodies to receive the grace of reconciliation on the way to holiness.

(silence)

Lord, you created us in your own image.
Forgive us when we do not honor your image in us
and the world that you gave us.

Kyrie eleison.

Jesus, you invite us to be perfect
as our Heavenly Father is perfect.
Forgive us when we fail to be holy,
to be people of integrity,
and to respect human rights and dignity.

Christe eleison.

Lord of life, not of death;
of peace, not of war;
of light, not of darkness,
forgive us when we become instruments of war, death, and injustice,
and fail to build a community of love.

Kyrie eleison.

Merciful God,
fill us with your grace and holiness.
Make us apostles of love wherever we go.
This we pray through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.


Prayers of Hope

As God’s adopted children,
aware of our call to mission,
let us raise our prayers
and affirm our desire to be a holy people of God.

(silence)

Gracious God,
transform our hearts,
our families,
our communities, and our society.

Make all your people holy and one in Christ.

Water of life,
quench the thirst that exists in our society,
the thirst for dignity, for love,
for communion, and holiness.

Make all your people holy and one in Christ.

Holy Spirit,
Spirit of joy and peace,
heal the divisions caused by our misuse of power and money,
and reconcile us across different cultures and languages.
Unite us as God’s children.

Make all your people holy and one in Christ.

Trinity of love,
lead us out of darkness into your marvelous light.

Make all your people holy and one in Christ.

Lord Jesus Christ,
we are made one with you in baptism
and therefore we unite our prayers to yours
in the words you taught us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Amen.

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