Hey everyone, I want to share a prayer with y’all. This is both a summary of my sermon for tomorrow morning and a prayer for our community in the coming weeks.
Hope you’ll join in –
Lord, what a privilege it is to be your body! But God, we know that with that privilege comes the potential for fouling it all up. We confess that there have been times when the church has not been all that it should be. And although it may be our tendency to focus on how simply profound and complex your church is, I pray that you would remind us just how profoundly simple it all is.
Point us to authentic trust in the sufficiency of your son. God, you came and lived the perfectly faithful Christian life in a man named Jesus of Nazareth; Lord, do it again today – in us! We’ll be your faithful body!
Immerse us, by the power of your Spirit, into a body that reflects the God-ordained diversity of the parts, where we all function inter-dependently, where authentic love trumps selfish pride, and where God-given vision is the driving force behind the adventure that is church life.