Prayer for the People of God
O God, our Father, who gave to your servants the gifts of courage, faith and cheerfulness, and sent them forth across the world to carry the word of your gospel to every creature: grant, we pray, a like spirit to your church, even at this present time. Further in all things the purpose of our fellowship, that hidden things may be revealed to us, and new ways found to touch the hearts of all. May we preserve with each other sincere charity and peace, and, if it be your will, grant that a place of your abiding continue still to be a sanctuary and a light. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(adapted from prayers of the Iona Community)