Epiphany -- Ecumenical Sunday
Prayer for Ecumenical Sunday
Third Sunday after Epiphany
The following prayer is from an unnamed church in Germany, prepared
for the third week in the season of Epiphany, during which we celebrate
When I behold the problems of our world, O Lord,
I pray not to be tempted to quick answers.
When every tongue declares a different truth,
when every people praises its own righteousness,
let me pause before I speak or praise or hope.
Let me look inward seeking to discover eternal
implanted there by you,
truths greater than those heard in the outer multitude
of voices and words.
And let me remember always that
to be loud is not to
to be strange is not
to be forbidden,
to be new is not to
to be dark is not to
Thus let me find truths true to you,
That I may live with them, and you, and myself in peace.
Source: In God’s Hands: Common Prayer for the World
Eds: Hugh McCullum, Terry MacArthur
Council of Churches Publications 2006, p. 94