Dear God, we live in a world that suffers from selfishness, violence, and systems that oppress the most vulnerable. In the midst of this reality you call us to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. You call us to be a sign of the Kingdom of God by serving others, embracing our neighbors, and praying for our enemies. Today, we give thanks and pray for all of those who as servants of Christ, while not of this world, are sent into the world to engage in the struggle for justice, unity, and reconciliation. We in particular highlight Africa University and the work of UMCOR as examples of our global witness; we are called with them to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Help us, oh God, to persevere in the work of transformation, as we continue confidently awaiting the arrival of your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Written by José Luis Villaseñor. Used with permission.