O God, in your abundant grace you sent your Son to be the light of the world: Grant that we may come and see the difference that Christ makes in each of us as we seek to become your beloved community; and as we gather in intentional worship, may we ever be reminded of your transformative love which is the foundation of our faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
If you were to turn to the Catechism in the back of the Prayer Book, you’d read that the mission of the Church is to “ restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” That’s a pretty tall task – restoring all people to unity with God and with each other. But this audacious mission statement comes not from a grandiose sense of what the Episcopal Church thinks it can accomplish, but rather is grounded in the words of St. Paul. In the second letter to the Corinthians, he writes “God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”