24 May, 2023
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12
Almighty and Everlasting God, you are Mighty and full of Wisdom and you have preordained and appointed your elect from eternity, from age to age gathering your people unto yourself, as a Shepherd his sheep and we know your voice and follow you faithfully. As a chosen generation we seek always to attain holiness according to your sovereign will, for through Jesus’ offering of his life on the Cross, cancelling the debt of our sins forever, we have been enriched with your free grace of eternal salvation.
We have been entrusted with the holy mission of propagating the good news of the kingdom of heaven, walking in faith and clothed in the Holy Spirit’s virtues. The foremost is performance of the good works of acts of mercy, by spreading the Holy Word of God to profit many more souls to salvation, through your grace, in which we carry no merit, but unshakable faith and trust in you.
As your beloved elect, chosen before all time, we need to be complete in Christ, born again in the Spirit, and therefore new creatures, effectually called from the rest of mankind. Sanctified by the Spirit and transformed to tranquil and compassionate Christians, we, who are all called to be saints by living exemplary lives, pray that we extend goodness, kindness and humility in our behavior towards others and bear, without rancor, any insult or injury, thus exhibiting that we abide in Christ, as he, in us, through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen