Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World
God of love,
you speak all of creation into being and call it good;
you come amongst us and call us friends;
you move your spirit so that we may know your love extends
beyond any boundaries we may define.
Help us to be friends of one another and this world.
Open our hearts and minds to ideas and hopes
that can transform our lives
and the lives of those who are in need.
Where there is hunger and desperate need in the lives of others –
Where there is oppression and violence in the lives of others –
where there is deep sorrow, emptiness and anxiety;
open our hearts and minds
to ideas and hopes of generosity and simplicity,
justice and peace, compassion and your words of good news.
Show us how to love one another,
that joy may abound amongst all whom you call friends. Amen
John 15: 9-17 (NRSV)
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.