Weekly MCC Call to Prayer

Holy Spirit, we acknowledge Your presence with us always. 
We worship You and are grateful for Your wise counsel, Your healing power,

and Your desire for the realm of heaven to be manifest in Your world today. 

We lift up Your denomination,

Metropolitan Community Churches,

as we stand in the “tragic gap”[1] of what is and what might be. 

Be with us to build communities to sustain ourselves,

to balance us between cynicism on the one side,

and idealistic irrelevancy on the other side,

which border the “tragic gap”. 

Lead us in paths of personal integrity,

remembering the words of Isaiah,

which Christ took up as his personal call:

“The Spirit of the Holy is upon me,
    because the Holy has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
The Holy has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, . . . 
        to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of God’s favor.”[2]

May it be so.

Prayer submitted by

ELDER NANCY MAXWELL – Convener of the Council of Elders, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program

[1] See Parker Palmer, http://www.couragerenewal.org/democracyguide/v36/

[2] Luke 4:18-19

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