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A Collect for Unity
Lionel E. Deimel
 

In the weeks leading up to the 2004 annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh organized a project to provide “Reconciling Prayers” on a daily basis to subscribers of its Internet e-mail list. I was one of many members who took responsibility for providing prayers, poems, meditations, and the like during this period. Some contributions were original, but many were not.

I took responsibility for October 24, 2004. My message ended with a Scripture passage and a related, original collect. The passage was 1 John 4:19–21:

We love because he first loved us. Those who say, I love God, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also. (NRSV)
The collect was the following:
Creator of the universe, who made us different from one another in myriad ways we can see and in more ways we shall never know, yet made us all in your image; fill our hearts with your love and our minds with your wisdom, that we may truly become brothers and sisters of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Anglican Communion compass roseRather to my surprise, the above collect showed up in the official Anglican Cycle of Prayer for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2006. It has again been accorded that honor for 2007. (The Anglican Cycle of Prayer for 2006 and 2007 are no longer posted on the Web. The relevant pages can be viewed in the Internet Archive, however, here and here.)

— LED, 1/6/2007, updated 9/18/2013

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