A Litany for Undivided Churches

Leader| When the world is split on differences of opinion, we confess that we
are not split down the middle—but are all on the Lord’s side. We stand arm in
arm, leading the charge for unity, chanting:
Congregation| We are undivided.

Leader| When we are tempted to worship our interpretation more than the Holy
Spirit’s inspiration. Not blown about by every wind of doctrine, we confess:
Congregation| We are undivided.

Leader| Because we have hatreds we love and people we love to hate, we ask
for the vision of Peter who said to the leaders in Jerusalem: “The Spirit told me to
go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us” (Acts 11.12,
NRSV).
Congregation| We are undivided.

Leader| We wrestle not against flesh and blood but set our sights on the words
of Paul who said to the church at Galatia: “There is no longer Jew nor Greek,
there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you
are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3.28, NRSV).
Congregation| We are undivided.

Leader| Because Christ’s body cannot be separated “for in the one Spirit we
were baptized all into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were
all made to drink the one Spirit” (First Corinthians 12.13, NRSV).
Congregation| We are undivided.

Leader| Because Jesus prayed that we may all be one, give us the courage to
answer his prayer (John 17.22). Because his blood is thicker than water, let our
differences become water under the bridge.
Congregation| We are undivided.

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