Hope: Paul’s Message
- Acts 27.22, 34, I urge you now to keep up your courage.
- Psalm 27, The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear.
- Mathew 11:28-30, My yoke is easy and my burden light.
As Christians belonging to churches and traditions that are not fully reconciled to one another, we are often discouraged by the lack of progress towards visible unity. Indeed, some have given up all hope and see this unity as an unattainable ideal. Others don’t even see unity as a necessary part of their Christian faith. As we pray for this gift of visible unity, let us do so with steadfast faith, enduring patience and expectant hope, trusting in God’s loving providence. Unity is the Lord’s prayer for the Church and he is accompanying us on this journey. We will not be lost.
God of mercy, lost and disheartened, we turn to you. Instil in us your gift of hope. May our churches hope and strive for the unity for which your Son prayed on the eve of his passion. We ask this through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
You may also visit the GEII website at geii.org to find about more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.