Prepared by Shannon Baxter and Rev. Aimee Baxter, Deacon, South Georgia Conference
Litany for The Way Forward
Leader: Lord, in you and through you and by you, we have our being. We give thanks for the ways in which you strengthen, encourage and pour life into us. We have been saved by your grace, and it is through this grace that we have life. We are alive in You, and we are together in You.
People: Remind us, Lord, of our shared life in one another. Keep ever before us the unifying love that finds its very life in You. Give us hearts that believe we truly are alive together in Christ.
Leader: Together, we stand with the saints who have gone before declaring we are one, holy and apostolic church. One faith, one baptism, one Lord.
People: By Your Spirit make us one with Christ and one with each other.
Leader: Together, we sit in our shared sin and need for repentance.
People: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Leader: Together, we walk in ministry to all the world seeking to act justly, love mercy, and live humbly with our God.
People: Lord make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy.
O divine master, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console to be understood as to understand. To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Leader: Together, we continue to discern The Way Forward agonizing for the church, and seeking to unify Her and Her people.
People: In our uncertainty, grant us clarity.
Leader: Together, we pray for hearts that are encouraged and drawn together through the love of the Creator, the sacrifice of the Savior, and the power of the Spirit.
People: Knit us together by strong ties of love.
Leader: Together, gives us minds that seek wisdom and knowledge.
People: Divine Wisdom, be our God.
Leader: Together, help us to recognize how we are deceived and where we seek after our own understanding.
People: Seeking only You, we listen intently.
Leader: Together, though separated by distance, opinion or belief, remind us of the truth that our hearts are bound by the love of Christ.
People: My heart in Your heart, Your heart in my heart; Our hearts together, strong in Christ.
Leader: Together, we continue following Christ; seeking the face of God, fighting for the Church, and surrendering to the Spirit at work in us.
People: We are here: silent, surrendered, calm and still. Amen.
Sources: The United Methodist Book of Worship and The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi