A Prayer for World Communion Sunday for a Time Such as This

(from the leadership of Presbytery of Philadelphia)

As we gather this World Communion Sunday in whatever ways God has blessed us to be able to do so, we are mindful that we are brought together with sibling of different, nations, races and language. May the particularities of these days inform the prayers we offer for the world and all its inhabitants as we pray…

…For the church global and the ways disciples near and far gather and scatter from Christ’s Table as witnesses to love, justice, welcome, healing, and peace- especially in this time of pandemic…

….For the President, the first family, those with whom they work, and all whose lives touch theirs, as emblematic of the over 43,000 newly diagnosed with COVID in our nation this day, that they might receive your healing touch. May we all be reminded of how precious each life is, and how all our lives are intertwined amidst families and communities impacting one another…

…For our collective economic well-being that is built upon the faithfulness of individuals seeking to live out their vocations in ways that fulfill their sense of purpose while also blessing their households and communities…

…For a renewed commitment to justice as our eyes are opened to the manifestations of injustice. May we be compelled to recognize the essential value of those we previously failed to see or value at all. May their suffering not only cease to go unnoticed, but may we embrace our call to join in the cause of bringing about your righteousness…

…For a perspective of our common stewardship of our earthly home, that we might be awakened to our interdependence with one another and our ultimate dependence on you. May we recommit ourselves to the stewardship of your creation entrusted to our mutual care…

…For the human institutional structures intended for the common good, that each may be renewed for its highest purpose as you would enliven them…

…That each of us within the Church of Jesus Christ would find ourselves at the foot of the cross, humbly acknowledging our own sins of commission and omission in our ways of being that do not contribute to the abundant life God intends for us and each inhabitant of God’s creation…

…That we might be open to encountering God’s amazing grace through this sacrament. May we receive both the power of your love and forgiveness for ourselves and the power to offer that love and forgiveness to all through all our relationships.
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May our receiving of Christ’s body and blood into every fiber of our being. May it transform us more fully into the hands and feet of Christ this day as we participate in the healing of the world and every body and soul within it. May we depart from this table strengthened to be vessels of God’s Spirit – proclaiming Christ as the source of our ultimate hope, peace, and unity as we go forth into the world. May God’s saving work be incarnated in our witness so that others may be invited to find their place at the welcome table as well.