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A Prayer for World Communion Sunday

Today’s Reflection

JESUS PRAYED that we might be one.
One in spirit
One in mission
In union and communion with each other and with you.

Today, God, we confess fumblings and failures in accomplishing unity, as we set aside yet another day to remind ourselves of the task. On this World Communion Sunday, give us eyes to recognize your reflection in the eyes of Christians everywhere. Give us a mind to accept and celebrate our differences. Give us a heart big enough to love your children everywhere. We thank you for setting a table with space enough for us all! Amen.

The Africana Worship Book, Year B

This prayer, by Safiyah Fosua, is from page 237 of The Africana Worship Book: Year B, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2007 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

O LORD, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides.

Psalm 26:8, NRSV

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  • Jill October 3, 2018, 3:33 am

    Yes, Father, unite us. May we all work in unison to bring Your kingdom come. My Monday evening Bible study is on 1 Corinthians. The exhortation by Paul in the first chapter is so strong – to be united, to preach only Christ crucified. Not earthly wisdom.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling October 3, 2018, 4:41 am

    Yes, God, grant us one spirit, one heart, one mind and one mission in unison and communion with each other and with you.

    In our unison and communion, may YOU be glorified, O God!

    Blessings!

  • robert moeller October 3, 2018, 5:57 am

    Lord, help all of us seek unity in You. Thankful that in disagreement we still all acknowledge You. Guide and direct us on the path that leads to You.

    Thankful for time at the gym, laundry done, some clean up accomplished, bills paid, and good meals. A doctor checkup this morning and squash peeling tonight. Chicken pie supper tomorrow with potato peeling at 8 am and clean up after the dinner.

  • robert moeller October 3, 2018, 6:19 am

    Jill, Connie, Julie, Mary in Singapore, and Betsy. Thank you for your posts with comments and prayers. Prayers for Gloria, Larry, Jill, and Becky as all of you are affected by cancer in some way. Connie and Julie, I have appreciated bagpipes since 1959 when a Canadian Black Watch regimental pipe band played at the 350th celebration of Champlain’s trip to the lake that now bears his name. Soon thereafter a recording of the Edinburgh Police Pipe Band arrived. No longer in existence today, in those days they won world championships. Prayers for Julie’s hands, foot, job search, and home life.Prayers for Mary in Singapore, her parents, the school where she teaches and does so many extra jobs. Blessings to you Betsy for your ministry to those in prison.

    Prayers for Marcy, her migraines, breathing, other health issues, and need for support. Prayers too for all who come to the UR, may your needs be met, may you feel and know God’s love, be uplifted fellow believer, God is always with us. Thank You, Lord.

  • Betsy October 3, 2018, 7:18 am

    I pray for unity in our leaders both in the US and the world. We need you, Lord. Strength for those who are bound by the chains of addiction. Blessings for those who dedicate their lives to treatment and counseling for those in need. Amen

  • Julie October 3, 2018, 8:05 am

    I always enjoy the reflections from these books of prayers. They reach deep within my heart and resonate in my soul. I pray with deepest yearning for the world to come together and find those things that we have in common and to cease dwelllng on those we don’t.
    Prayers for Jill and her Bible study friends.
    Prayers for Robeert and Erich and their move. Robert, your memories are truly amazing and you have had a rich and varied life.
    Prayers for Mary and her students. May they all be safe aand may her students be attentive for Mary has much she can teach them beyond academics.
    Prayers for Betsy and her fellow ministry volunteers, may their words be blessed.
    Prayers for Connie: I am thankful that the tornado warning in our area yesterday did not spawn any tornados near us, for the rain reprive tghis morning, and green leaves.
    Prayers for Marcy and Lucy. Another Chai haabit is that every morning when I open the freezer he has to run over and peer in. I ask him if it is runnng according to his strict rules and he saunters away as though his work there is done.
    Prayers UR family and prayers for those struggling with addictions of any kind, even those addicted to power

  • Connie October 3, 2018, 8:29 am

    The country I live in is far from United. I have never felt so unsettled about its future. I have never heard so many hateful, disgraceful things being said However, God is in control and “if my people”……….
    Let’s pray for a revival. Maranatha.
    Thankful for:
    My freedom.

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