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“In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!”

Colossians 3: 11 (NRSV)


Transforming God, the unity we seek is about the renewal of your universal church. Please never allow us to be content with fractures in your body caused by clinging to our desire to be separate from those whose opinions are different from our own. Help us to see the truth your Love teaches: we need each other. Then, in our renewal, may we see Christ in all, and may our vision be our witness. We pray in your son’s name. Amen.

-Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst, Ecumenical Staff Officer, The United Methodist Church

We call on you now to join us in “40 Days of Prayer to Transform: A Journey to Newness.”  Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners will join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.