Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Raleigh post script: Continue to pray for unity and reconciliation

The Collect for the Unity of the Church, prayed during the opening Eucharist Monday night in Raleigh, should remain constantly in our hearts and on our lips:

O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, so we may be all of one heart and one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those who have walked away, the door remains wide open for reconciliation.

Tell her we love her
and tell her she's wanted.
One more thing, God,
Tell her please come home!

While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him. And he said, "Let us celebrate for this child of mine was dead and he has come back to life. He was lost and now is found. And they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:20, 24)