Our conversations with God are often times of healing and reminders of our growing edges. This prayer calls us to express love everywhere and to everyone.


O gracious and loving God,

who calls us to be your people in this age,

forgive us when we keep Christ in the past,

and the Gospel as letters on a page,

and the church as an organization

in which we may or may not participate.


Forgive us when fellowship and mission

is meant for and delivered to

those we already know and love

and we become a social club instead of your church.


Forgive us and have mercy upon us, O God.

Let your risen Christ reside here with us,

and the Gospel be the power of our life,

and the church be a people and place

of showing your love wherever we may be.


In Jesus’ name we pray.


Church of the Redeemer, From Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God’s Grace in an Inclusive Church, edited by Kelly Turney. Copyright 2000 by Reconciling Ministries Network. Reprinted by permission.

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