We will be reflecting on these scriptures and prayers at the end of the week – 22nd January at Trinity Lutheran – 7:30pm when we gather in worship.
Day 7: The ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 72; 1 John 3:16b-21; John 17:20-26
Reconciliation between God and humanity is the key reality of our Christian faith. Paul was convinced that the love of Christ compels us to bring God’s reconciliation to bear in all aspects of our life. Today, this leads us to examine our consciences in relation to our divisions. As the story of Joseph demonstrates, God always gives the grace needed for the healing of broken relationships. The great reformers of all Christian traditions, sought to bring about renewal in the church. The ministry of reconciliation includes the work of overcoming divisions within Christianity. Today, many Christian churches work together in mutual trust and respect. One positive example of ecumenical reconciliation is the dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Mennonite World Conference. In 2010, togetherthese two organizations held a penitential service. Other reconciliation services took place throughout Germany and many other countries.
- Where do we see the need for a ministry of reconciliation in our context?
- How are we responding to this need?
God of all goodness, we give you thanks for reconciling us and the whole world to yourself in Christ. Empower us, our congregations and our churches in ministries of reconciliation. “Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy”. We pray in the name of Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
These are from the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Canadian Resources: https://www.councilofchurches.ca/our-faith/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity/