General Assembly Prayer and Benediction by The Rev. Stephanie Kendell

July 26th,2019 Categories: Latest News

After Communion Prayer:
Holy One, we give thanks for this table of grace-
A table of faithful hospitality-
That you continue to set for each of us.
May we go from this place, extending our own table and space of welcome To all we encounter.
Lord, all week we have gathered in your name as we made new friends and connected with those from our past,
as we engaged in hard but life-giving conversations,
and as we sang your praises in the many different languages of our hearts. In all that we did and in all we are inspired to do,
may we remember that at the end of the day our spirit abides in you.
O God, may this week stir in us, a renewed sense of commitment to our journeys with you. A commitment that keeps our spirits pointed toward the teachings of the gospel,
your holy words of love and grace,
your call to action of justice and courage.
May the breath of life that tethers each of us to you,
be used to cool the heated tongues of fear and anger,
And warm our prayers of love for our broader community.
Lord, we give thanks that, even when we fall short of this call
and put our own comfort over the well-being of your people and creation, your resurrecting spirit offers the grace to try again.
With each new person we meet.
With each new table set.
For the call to build your kindom is one of mercy, equity, and grace for all. A call we are humbled to accept and grateful to attempt
with your help and the care of this beloved community.
We pray all this in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
Peace-MAKERS, Justice-SEEKERS, proclaimers of the RESURRECTION, Go in peace.