Gothic Stained Glass, Rose at Strasbourg Cathedral
Holy, Mighty, Immortal One:
you suffer our will to power,
our greed of privilege,the narrowness of our faith:lead us on the path of losswhere empires trembleand terror yields to wisdom's cryand the open hands of love;through Jesus Christ, the crucified One,
who stretched his arms upon the cross,
an inclusion of all,
hands of bearing the brokenness of all.
Blessed are you, and blessed is your Kin-Dom. Amen.
(Stephen Shakespeare, Prayer For an Inclusive Church,
2009, Canterbury Press -- altered)