I didn’t realize I got the order of the Nicene Creed mixed up until after I had written out and posted my reflective prayer yesterday. Since that’s the case, I’ll just have to make due and reflect on apostolicity today. Today I’ll close off this week of prayer with reflection on the apostle Paul.
Lord, we thank you for the common heritage of faith that all Christians share in the life and teachings of Your Twelve apostles. We pray that this commonality might come to greater recognition and expression amidst the divided Church, that this common ground might be the foundation for increased expressions of unity. Just as You chose the Twelve, taught them, guided them and empowered them for mission, we pray that You would teach, guide and empower Your Church for mission in this day.
We recognize, Lord, the difficulty of working out the myriad of matters theological surrounding apostolic succession and authority. We ask wisdom for the theologians and pastors at work in dialogue on this very troublesome issue. Give them a clear mind to sort through any impasse, and to find a constructive way forward. May they find themselves one in heart and mind.
Most importantly, Lord, we are mindful that “apostle” means “sent one.” Just as You sent Your Son into the world to redeem it, so Your Son has sent us. May Your Church be united, of one heart and one mind, in mission to the brokenness and hopelessness both within and without its community. Send us, Lord, as one body, into Your world to do Your work of establishing Your kingdom.
All these things we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.