The Ecumenical Millennium Committee (EMC) was formed in 1999 to prepare for the Third Christian Millennium. In addition to sponsoring the annual Ecumenical Prayer Service observed as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Committee is a catalyst for ecumenical courtesy, hospitality and information in the Chicago area. The Committee’s name was changed in 2010 to Ecumenism Metro Chicago.
Almighty God, we lift our hearts to You
in praise and thanksgiving.
Out of love You created the heavens and the earth,--
and breathed life into this world.
Inspire us to treasure this gift in all our relationships:
with You, with each other and with all of creation.
Out of love You gave us your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ, as Light for our world.
Ignite in us the passion of disciples
and the courage to strive for justice and peace
among the rich diversity of race and culture.
Out of love You sent us the Spirit,
your own first gift for those who believe.
Instill in us a right spirit,
that we may bear your light and love.
Often we have strayed from You.
In your mercy, grant us your forgiveness.
By your power, strengthen us to do your will.
Gracious God, as the new millennium dawns,
enkindle the fire of love in this and every place.
Fill us with hope, wisdom, joy, and peace,
that we may be faithful unto the ages of ages.