God of unity and peace, we pray for the one Body of Christ. May your Spirit of unity dwell in us as we together proclaim your Gospel.    Unite the churches in the proclamation of your Gospel and help us to encourage one another and build up each other in our ministries.   There are times when we are quick to hurt our brothers and sisters.  Humble us to seek out forgiveness and to forgive as we have been forgiven.  And in those moments when we cannot seem to agree with one another, let your spirit come into our souls, to keep our hearts open to one another.  Remind us that we cannot make the journey of life on our own. 

(adapted by ed. from Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)