Reimagining the Reformation: A Prayer

On reformation day, with inspiration from Walter Brueggemann and St Francis, Peter Lynas leads us in a prayer of reflection.


God, holy, sovereign, faithful and generous
God of freedom, God of truth, God of peace
Yahweh – the one true God.

By scripture alone we get our daily bread
Your word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path
Your word is the glue of the universe holding creation together
Nourish us with Your living word.

By faith alone we are justified
We are members of your royal priesthood
Unleashed in the world
To steward heaven to earth.

By grace alone we are saved
We want desperately to earn what grace freely gives
Your boundless generosity, grace upon grace
Unmerited favour.

By Christ alone our great high priest
We worship you as the true and living God
We pledge our allegiance to You
We find our identity in You.

To the glory of God alone
You – the redeemer, healer, restorer, forgiver
We – the ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven.

But we confess these ‘solas’ have not always guided us
Division has stood in the way of unity
We dream of different ways to be together
Protestant and Catholic
All one in Christ.

Empower us to be ministers of reconciliation
Heal our hearts and help us spread your peace
where there is hatred, let us sow love
where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy. 

Reform our deformed lives toward
obedience which is our only freedom
unity which is our only hope
and love which is our only option.

May we be always reforming
As we think deeply, walk wisely and speak hopefully.

In the name of Christ whose name we bear.