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“Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.”

Psalm 126:6 NRSV


God of Love and Compassion,

Like those of old, we are living in a season of weeping. Yet, throughout the ages, your word has offered sustenance and comfort. We give thanks for that word and your promise of abundance and rejoicing. May our tears water the seeds of new life and hope, that once again we too, claim that promise in our own time.

– Margaret Rose, The Episcopal 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.