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Restore

Creator of the universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory through love.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war, or greed,
the new creation of Love may appear in justice and peace,
Restored through your perfect shalom. Amen.

– Vanderbilt Revised Common Lectionary

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may I never walk alone

Through light and shadow – I am led. I follow. Through the ins and outs, the ups and downs of these days,
when my heart is failing, when my spirit rejoices, when I can barely put one foot in front of the other: still you beckon me on…
When I stumble you support me, when I can go no further you carry me, through light and shadow, in death’s dark vale and on the mountain peaks: you lead me.
Through tangled webs, on rocky ground, on smoother paths, through light and shadow: you lead me. I follow – may I never walk alone…Amen.

Sally Sheffield

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Resurrected God,

Resurrected God,
Though we have hidden ourselves in a locked room and huddled together as ones who build barriers, send
your Living Word through our locked doors and into our guarded hearts that we might be witnesses of your
grace and couriers of your goodness.
By the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us the trust to believe the Gospel not because we see it but because we
have been seen by it and transformed through it. Amen.

-Stephen M. Ferring

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prayer of commitment

O come, faithful God,

who empowers the weak,

who encourages the fearful,

who enlightens the blind,

who intones the deaf,

who energizes the lame,

who emancipates the speechless,

who enriches the poor,

who invigorates the dead;

O come, faithful God,

Come and enable us, right now,

to worship you and work for your

Kingdom, filled with:

your strength,

your hope,

your vision,

your melody,

your motivation,

your Word,

your inheritance,

your Life!

All this we pray,

through him who came to be our Savior,

who lives to be our Lord,

who will return and fully make all things new:

In Jesus Christ, we pray.

Amen.

– Peter Haynes