Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that thy Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by thy Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
In Genesis 12 God explains his missionary strategy to Abraham. God promises to make a great people out of Abraham and through this people he will bring all his children home. They are to live toward God and toward their neighbors in such a way that all the nations will see that they know who God is and the nations will come to Israel to enquire after God that they might also know and serve him.
The Father has not changed his strategy. He has sent his only begotten Son to bring this strategy to fulfillment and completion. For this he died and rose again and for this purpose he has given us his Spirit. To accomplish the purposes for which he has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light requires an insightful understanding of the impediments to mission that confront us; it requires also a willingness to forgo quick fixes, in favor of coordinated and persistent effort based on a more insightful and comprehensive diagnosis.
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O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
By James K.A. Smith for Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others
O Lord, we beseech thee, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Keep, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy household the Church in thy steadfast faith and love, that by the help of thy grace we may proclaim thy truth with boldness, and minister thy justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God, from whom all good doth come: Grant that by thy inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.