Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the failure of the church* in his time

Our church has been fighting, during these years, only for its self-preservation, as if that were an end in itself. It has become incapable of bringing the word of reconciliation and redemption to humankind and to the world.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer from a baptismal homily written in 1944 quoted by Ferdinand Schlingensiepen in Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance, 355.

*The German church of his time- including the Confessing Church, which failed to stand firm in resisting the evil of the Nazi holocaust of the Jews.

prayer for the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer