The early church struggled with a common problem: who was in and who was not. The requirements were related to the cultural and religious practices of Jewish converts. Similar questions plague us to this day regarding who belongs in our country, our neighborhoods, our schools, even our church.
May 22, 2022
Lord Jesus, you promised to be with us and to send the Spirit to guide us: Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you promised us your peace and love for all time: Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you intend for us to extend this same peace and love to all people: Lord, have mercy.
God of splendor and radiance, strengthen in us the hope for a church and world unified in love and peace. Grant us the conviction to make your vision a reality wherever we are, at this moment in time. We are encouraged by the promise of Jesus to be with us, and we ask this in his name. Amen.