Lord, I rejoice to suffering for your people
and I accept more of Christ’s afflictions
for the sake of his body, the church.
You have commissioned me
to be a servant of the church,
to present to your people your word in its fulness –
the mystery once hidden
that is now revealed to the saints.
To them you have chosen to make known
among the nations
the glorious riches of this mystery:
Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Enable me to proclaim Christ,
with all wisdom,
so that I may present everyone prefect in Christ.
Energize me, work in me powerfully
so I can toil and struggle in this task.
May they be encouraged in heart
and united in love.
May they have all the riches of full assurance
and full understanding of Christ,
discovering in him
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
by Tim Chester (Based on Colossians 1:24-2:3)
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