Prayer on the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

The following collect is one of the prayers given for the season of Epiphany in The United Methodist Book of Worship, and one of many with origins in Anglicanism's Book(s) of Common Prayer. I'll be opening our worship services with it today, especially as it fits with the Old Testament lesson from 2 Kings 5, where God reaches out with is healing grace to Naaman, the outsider to his covenant people.

O God, you made of one blood all nations that dwell on the face of the whole earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to them that are afar off and to them that are near. Grant that all people everywhere may seek after you and find you. Bring the nations into your fold, pour out your Spirit on all flesh, and hasten your kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-The United Methodist Book of Worship, 315 (taken from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, p.38)

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