I’ve said it before. But it’s worth going on record about it. In the context of global Anglicanism at the present moment, the prayer for Unity in AAPB is rapidly on its way to becoming my theme song:
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our only Saviour, Prince of Peace;
give us grace seriously to lay to heart
the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions.
Take away all hatred and prejudice,
and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord:
that, as there is but one body, and one Spirit,
and one hope of our calling,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of us all,
so we may be all of one heart, and of one mind,
united in one holy bond of truth and peace,
of faith and charity,
and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Seriously, I can barely keep it together when I pray it out loud — it rips my guts out.
It’s not just the stunning and richly biblical vision of unity that we’re calling on God to hammer out amongst us. It’s the white-hot passion to feel as God feels about the situation. As well as the willingness to disown exclusive possession of grace and truth. And grant that God isn’t necessarily on our side…