A Litany of Partnership and Confession
LEADER: While in the upper room, Jesus prayed
for his disciples saying, “Holy Father,
protect them by the power of your
name - the name you gave me - so
that theymay be one as we are one.”
PEOPLE: Yes, God, make us one, even as you
and your Son are one.
LEADER: It was these same men that Jesus
would later tell to wait in Jerusalem
for the presence of the Holy Spirit
and the power to be his witnesses.
PEOPLE: Your Spirit has come, Lord, but we still
wait for your prayer for unity and
partnership in mission and ministry
to be fully answered. And in our
waiting, we too hear your call.
LEADER: A call to go, not only to the Judea’s and
Samaria’s and the ends of the earth
that at times seem so distant, but to
people with whom we share a common
identity as citizens of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky, and more
importantly, as citizens of your
present and coming reign.
PEOPLE: Give us eyes that we may see, ears that
we may hear, and hearts that feel the
needs of our sisters and brothers both
near and far away.
LEADER: So we of the Kentucky and Red Bird
Conferences pray for each other as
we claim our common call to be Jesus’
witnesses and the power that is made
perfect in our weakness.
PEOPLE: Hear our prayer, O Lord.
LEADER: And as Jesus said that he came not to
be served but to serve, so we offer
ourselves in service to each other
and to those whose lives we in our
partnership might touch.
PEOPLE: Accept our offer of service, O Lord, as
you in Christ Jesus have served us.
LEADER: “For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but
have eternal life.” Remember the
words of our Lord when he said,
“I came so they can have real and
eternal life, more and better life than
they ever dreamed of.” (The Message)
PEOPLE: God, in our partnership, help us to love
each other so that our gifts may move
us one step further toward the
realization of the life for which
we all dream.
LEADER: And when we fall, O Lord,
PEOPLE: As we all do at times,
LEADER: by your grace, lift us up,
PEOPLE: and restore to us the joy of your
ALL: and a vision of peace with which we
can proclaim to the world, “Surely
the presence of the Lord is in this
place.” Thanks be to God.