A Collect in Preparation for the Formation of the New Faith Community, Emmaus Anglican Church,
by St. John’s Church and St. Matthew’s Church, Sault Ste. Marie.
Blessed are you, O God,
for you make all things new.
We give you thanks for the vision of renewal
you have given your parishes of St. John and St. Matthew
in Sault Ste. Marie.
Guide and inspire them as they join in forming Emmaus,
a new community of Word and Sacrament,
hospitality and service.
Make them leaven for the world’s bread,
and wine of delight for hearts in need.
Open their lips and lives
to sound liberating words of hope and praise.
Shape them to live as wide-awake, Easter people,
embodying the Story we proclaim,
and fueled in mission by the future you have promised.
May they signal for their city that the Kingdom of God has come near,
draw others into the company of disciples,
and bring encouragement to all of us in this Diocese of Algoma.
We ask this through the One who draws us together in the Holy Spirit,
Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Lord.