Day 1: From Rev. Hunter Camp, Memorial Presbyterian
God, good beyond all that is good,
fair beyond all that is fair,
in you is calmness, peace, and concord.
Heal the dissensions that divide us from one another
and bring us back to a unity of love
bearing some likeness to your divine nature.
Through the embrace of love
and the bonds of godly affection,
make us one in the Spirit
by your peace which makes all things peaceful.
We ask this through the grace, mercy, and tenderness
of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Dionysius of Alexandria (d. 264), from the Book of Common Worship
Day 2: From Rev. Tom Willis, Cathedral Basilica
Through Christ you brought us, O God,
to the knowledge of your truth,
so that by the bond of one faith and on baptism
we might become his Body, the Church.
Through Christ you poured out your Holy Spirit among all the nations,
so that in a wondrous manner he might prompt and engender unity
in the diversity of your gifts,
dwelling within your adopted children
and filling the whole Church with his love.
And so we praise you, O God, we bless you and praise you. Amen.
— Adapted from The Roman Missal, 3rd typical edition, 2011; Preface for the Unity of Christians
Day 3: From Rev. Matt Marino, Trinity Parish
"that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth." (Eph 3:17-18, NRSV)
May God the Father, and the Eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, build us up in faith and truth and love, and grant to us our portion among the saints with all those who believe on our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for all saints, for kings and rulers, for the enemies of the Cross of Christ, and for ourselves we pray that our fruit may abound and we may be made perfect in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
— A prayer of St. Polycarp (d. 155)
Day 4: From Rev. Melvin Kennerly, St. Paul A.M.E.
"the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." (Jeremiah 31:3, NRSV)
Dear God, the eternal Refuge of all those who are distressed, grant unto your children your protection from all the troubles of this world. Grant that we may run to your loving-kindness and tender mercy. Take away that which would hinder us from uniting in one body, one hope and one spirit. Help us to remove the scales of hate and mistrust from the eyes of your children that they may see your goodness and proclaim the good news of Peace. Touch your anointed that we may continue to aid in guiding our city to new heights of cooperation and acknowledgment by seeking to understand the needs of all your people. Grant us a vision for our city where order will prevail, not by force but by the love of your people who call St. Augustine home. Be with us now during these troubling times, guide us by your word and hold us in the hollows of your unchanging hands. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.
—The Rev. Dr. Melvin Kennerly
Day 5: From Rev. Walter West, Anastasia Baptist Church
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10, ESV)
O Father God, our Salvation, and Jesus Christ, our Eternal Lamb, help us to glimpse the incredible unison of heaven.
Help us to receive in wonderful accord our brothers and sisters in Christ from every nation, every race, every language, every class.
Reveal Your will on earth and help us to see the fellowship of praise that we find only in You.
We give thanks for the incredible forgiveness received by believers, everywhere.
Let our focus on You completely overshadow the divisions on earth.
Lord, please strengthen us now in living out loud together the harmony of praise and fellowship that we anticipate together in Your presence in heaven.
We ask this humbly in the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
—The Rev. Dr. Walter West
Day 6: From Rev. Tom Willis, Cathedral Basilica
Loving God, grant us the spirit of wisdom and unity, so that we may be one, even as you are one with our Lord Jesus Christ - and he with you.
Enable all the members of the body of Christ to live together in unity and fellowship with one another, and lead us into the paths of peace and righteousness so that we may be well pleasing in your sight.
Teach us how to love one another as Christ loved us and help us to show one another the kindness that can only come from knowing your Son, Jesus.
May the Spirit stir up in our hearts a desire to be one in the bond of peace and charity.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Prayer from the Catholic Church for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Day 7: From Rev. Hunter Camp, Memorial Presbyterian
O God, you are the giver of life.
We pray for the church in the whole world.
Sanctify her life, renew her worship,
give power to her witnessing,
restore her unity.
Give strength to those who are searching together
for that kind of obedience which creates unity.
Heal the divisions separating your children one from another,
so that they will make fast, with bonds of peace,
the unity which the Spirit gives. Amen.
—A prayer from the Presbyterian Church in Zaire
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