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Today’s prayer for General Council comes from Rev. Sadekie Lyttle-Forbes. To view the archive of all prayers being offered in the lead up to GC43 click here.

“Gracious God, things and times change, but you remain constant, constantly loving, constantly patient, constantly forgiving, constantly kind. Even when we mistake your patience for inaction, your forgiveness for weakness, your kindness as meekness, you continue to be and to do what your omniscience dictates. We thank you for not giving up on us and for constantly seeking to renew your church through her people and her structures.

As we approach the final weeks to GC43 we lift up the possibilities that this gathering holds. As your Word is lifted up as your work is assessed, we ask for your guidance in discerning the way forward. Let us not lose sight of what you have called us to be an to do in the world, to be salt and light. Let us never stray away from the purpose for which we exist, the same purpose that Jesus declared at the start of his ministry to.

1. bring good news the poor
2. call for the release of those who are held captive by systems and situations
3. aid in the recovery of sight to those who are blind to the afflictions of the world, the gift of their being and the equal humanity in others
4. set free those who are oppressed by the isms and schisms of the social systems
5. to declare the love of Jesus and salvation through His love

Let this time be one to stir our faith in Jesus, ignite our faith in Jesus, share our faith in Jesus and restore our faith in Jesus.
Let this time be a return to the core tenets of our faith.

Let this time be one, where we develop an appreciation for the power and love of God, expressed in Jesus and guided by the Holy Spirit. If ever we need to be reminded of the unity in diversity it is in this time.

Grant us grace in our deliberations, free from skepticism, ostracism and racism and other isms that will taint and distort our discourse and reflections. Keep before us, your Will and your Way.

In the name of Jesus we pray, AMEN.”