Three Prayers on vocation
Knowing ourselves and knowing others:
Most merciful God,
for the sake of our salvation your Son took our flesh,
and tore down the walls that separate us;
teach us the way of such giving love,
that rejoicing in our own identities without rancour,
we may gladly know oursleves as citizens
together of your world.
Jesus, restorer of people,
who sought the woman out from the crowd
that her healing might be complete;
give us when we are oppressed by loneliness
a sense of our own worth,
a knowledge of your love,
and a word of friendship to lift our spirits.
Following your example, may we seek each other out,
and offer a word that heals.
Faithfulness in our calling:
I strive for success,
when you only call me to faithfulness.
I struggle to be effective,
when you only call me to be loving.
I long for power to make a difference,
when you only call me to be open to you.
Lord, remake by your calling what I deny by my ambition.
From: Hasten the Time: Prayers for Mission by Christopher P Burkett London: USPG (2001)