Here’s a prayer for World Communion Sunday from Rev. Mindi’s Rev-o-lution blog.
She writes: Invite the congregation beforehand to pray the Lord’s prayer in any language they choose. If your congregation is primarily English-speaking, invite them to pray the words of the prayer that they may have learned from their own backgrounds—using debts and debtors, trespasses, sins, etc.—so that there is a diversity of words, but the same spirit of prayer.
Prayer for World Communion Sunday
God of all nations, we give You thanks that we are all made in Your image, with such rich diversity. On this day we are in solidarity with the faithful around the world. As we break bread together, we remember that we are still one body in You, even though we have different languages, cultures and traditions, different ways of worship, praying and praising. In solidarity we drink the cup together of hope, of new life, knowing that Your will is for Your people to be one body. We are one body, but we are not the same—it is through the gift of diversity that we are able to be Your body. We thank You and praise You for making us all who we are, individually and collectively. We each celebrate our own ancestry, culture and ethnicity, and we pray to You now as You taught us…
~ written by Rev. Mindi and posted on her Rev-o-lution blog. http://rev-o-lution.org/
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with believers around the world:
Leader: Let us confess our sin to God and one another:
Almighty God, from the ends of the earth
you have gathered us around Christ’s holy table.
People: We come to the feast together. Leader: Have mercy on your church, troubled and divided.
People: Renew us and make us one. Leader: Forgive us for stifling your praise with our complaints.
People: Renew us and make us one. Leader: Forgive us for silencing the songs of others with our pride.
People: Renew us and make us one. Leader: Forgive us for our warring chants that destroy humanity.
People: Renew us and make us one. Leader: Free us from every sin that divides your children.
People: Free our tongues to offer you the sacrifice of praise in union with Christ’s offering for us. Amen.
Leader: Through Christ we are forgiven and freed;
In Christ we are reconciled and renewed.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Amen!
Our journeys have brought us to worship…but we travel from vastly different beginnings. On this World Communion Sunday, we are but a small part of the larger church that raises our hands and hearts to you. From places as thirsty as the Sahara and as green as the rain forests in South America…from the loneliness of an empty home or from the chaos of a violent one…we come to you Lord as we are.
Whether our hearts are prepared to meet you or our thoughts are racing, full of this morning’s worries, quiet us enough that we can hear you singing over us.
Remind us that we have the joy and privilege to call you Father with one voice along with our brothers and sisters who call you ah-TYEHTS, El Padre, Abba, Mon Pere, Baba…
Like an exquisite bouquet of different flowers brought together as a fragrant offering, your children call out to you.
In moments this week where we find ourselves quarreling, give us unity…
When we find ourselves hungry, give us a longing to feed our brothers and sisters…
When we find ourselves at a loss for words, give us arms that reach out to heal each other…
Most of all, help us to truly SEE each other as the brothers and sisters that we are…one family…one church.
In Jesus’ Name and with Hope to be more like Him, we offer our prayer.