One with God, One with Each Other


I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking and praying on the theme of unity these past weeks. It began with the death of Trayvon Martin. Sanford Florida is a short drive from my home. I keep thinking about how we continue to fear one another and how this fear escalates into labeling and violence.

I’ve also been actively praying for The General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which begins the end of April in Tampa. This is the decision making body of our denomination and there are many important topics before them, topics which can be polarizing and divisive. (To join the prayer campaign, click here)

There are other situations, too. A couple in the midst of divorce, a disagreement between friends, a costly betrayal. Oh the things we do to one another. It breaks my heart and I am sure it breaks God’s heart. Lord have mercy.

The good news is that mercy does come. In the breaking and brokenness, God makes a way for us to be one- one with God and one with each other. Christ is broken that we might be freed from our fear, that we might find unity in our diversity, that we might be whole.

Merciful One, make us one with each other and one in you. Amen.

Worship Resource: Make us One
ALL SINGING
Make us One by Carol Cymbala
The Faith We Sing #2224
CCLI # 695737
The music continues underneath each Scripture reading.

ONE SPEAKING: John 13:34 (NRSV)
Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

ALL SINGING
Make us One by Carol Cymbala
The Faith We Sing #2224, CCLI # 695737

ONE SPEAKING: John 15:4-5 (NRSV)
Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

ALL SINGING
Make us One by Carol Cymbala
The Faith We Sing #2224, CCLI # 695737

ONE SPEAKING: John 17:11b (NRSV)
Jesus prays, “Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

ALL SINGING
Make us One by Carol Cymbala
The Faith We Sing #2224, CCLI # 695737

Continue with prayers for unity, individual or corporate, silent or aloud

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compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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