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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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October 5, 2012

Vatican 2 at Fifty

Last night I had the honor and joy of participating in a worship service at Bellarmine University to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the convocation of the Second Vatican Council. On October 4, 1962, the feast of Saint Francis, Pope John XXIII went to Assisi to pray for the council.

The service included the prayer that Pope John XXIII used to convene the council, subsequently prayed by the bishops at the opening of each session:

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power,
for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all.
Enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favor.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you,
and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.

You live and reign with the Father and the Son,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Tags: prayer, theology, worship


  1. Those are good points, David. We pray that those who are disaffected from the body in which they are worshipping will find reconciliation, whether that means they stay or that they move to a different gathered community of Christians. We pray this for those disaffected from the RC just a we pray this for those disaffected from the PC(USA).

    by Barry Ensign-George

    October 12, 2012

  2. That's an interesting question, Chris. Our 2010 common agreement on the mutual recognition of baptism underscores the fact that we meet them as sisters and brothers in Christ. At the same time, I believe the baptism we share compels us to pray for the well-being of the various members of the body, even as we seek the unity of Christ's church.

    by David Gambrell

    PC(USA) Staff

    October 11, 2012

  3. Oops! Big difference. Thanks for the correction, Sandy.

    by David Gambrell

    PC(USA) Staff

    October 11, 2012

  4. oops! I think you mean "to LIVE it in our lives" rather than to "Lie" it... lovely, lovely prayer. I will use it. thanks for sharing.

    by sandy

    October 11, 2012

  5. David, very glad you were there. I recall praying with 300 Maryknollers who were remembering both Vatican II and the then-recent death of Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago. How can we meet the spiritual pilgrims (exiles) from that RC church?

    by Chris Iosso

    October 10, 2012

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