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“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.”

1 Peter 5:10 NRSV


O Christ Our God,

As we reflect on this past year, calling to mind the challenging days of fear, uncertainty, and isolation, we lift up our hearts and voices to You, O God of Healing, that you may restore our bodies, souls and minds.

As we embark on a new chapter of leadership in America, we ask our God of Grace to help us forgive and unite over our common humanity, to seek common ground, and to reflect Your spirit in all that we say, think and do.

As this unprecedented year mercifully comes to a close, we beseech You, O God of Hope, to fill our hearts and renew our spirits with Faith, Hope and Love, as together we embark on a collective journey to newness.

Receive our prayers, Lord, and have mercy, and make us worthy to glorify you together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.

-Yn. Arpi Kouzouian, Armenian Orthodox Church

Thank you for participating in our weekly invitation to prayer. 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.