You alone are our God
– worthy of all our praise and worship.
You gave us the gift of life
and made us to live in community.
You want us to celebrate our diversity,
but to discover that You are a God of unity
who longs for us to be one just as You are one,
so that the world may believe.
With many tongues and yet with one voice,
we worship You together.
We adore You for all that you are
and for the hope that You give
to our broken and fragile world.
We praise you that You have not abandoned us,
but desire us to turn towards Your love,
and seek Your healing and reconciliation in all our relationships.
You have sent Your Holy Spirit to work in our hearts,
to draw us closer to You and to one another.
We confess with shame, our stubbornness,
independence and selfishness;
our intolerance, our pride, and our insensitivity towards others.
We freely admit our lack of desire to live in harmony with You
and with one another.
Forgive us we pray,
and may we be assured of Your pardon,
through our saviour, Jesus.
May Your grace and mercy permeate our very being;
may we be truly cleansed, renewed,
and remade into our Lord’s likeness.
for we ask this prayer in His name,
that we may be living stones,
building upon the Rock for the sake of Your kingdom. Amen.
Copyright Anthony D Miles 2007