A prayer for the church inspired by John 17:21 and based on The United Church of Canada’s “A New Creed” and the United Church of Christ’s “Statement of Faith (in the Form of a Doxology).” Congregations are invited to share in this prayer on Sunday, October 18, 2015, in celebration of the full communion of these two denominations.

Uniting God,
you call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship:
to celebrate your presence,
     to live with respect in Creation,
     to be your servants in the service of others,
     to seek justice and resist evil,
     to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,
     to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
          our judge and our hope.

Send your Holy Spirit to bind us in full communion
so that we may be a uniting church
     embodying your love for the world.

As one, we proclaim:
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
     you are with us,
     we are not alone,
all glory and power be unto you.
Amen.