To you, O LORD, we lift our hearts.
Be mindful of your mercy and be faithful to your love.

You are full of life — from the galaxies to the glaciers, from the rivers to the rainbows, from the north and the south, from the east and the west, with music and mystery all the world over. Your life runs through all Creation and your image is reflected in the diverse beauty of every face. How excellent you are, O God Most High. How glorious and how good.

To you, O LORD, we lift our hearts.
Be mindful of your mercy and be faithful to your love.

Around your table of life, celebrating your feast of joy, we are but one part of your image on earth. As we take and eat the broken bread, we remember those from whom we are separated, whether by distance or division. As we take and drink the crushed grapes, we hold in prayer those lives have been devastated by earthquakes and hurricanes, by illness and violence.

To you, O LORD, we lift our hearts.
Be mindful of your mercy and be faithful to your love.

We know that you are hurting and crying out with the righteousness of a March for Black Women, protesting against the hungry gnaw of poverty, shouting a holy indictment of the rich on their golf courses. Take away our thirst for earthly authority and power, and strengthen our spirits to join you in striking the rock of injustice among us.

To you, O LORD, we lift our hearts.
Be mindful of your mercy and be faithful to your love.

The works of your hands thrill and inspire us, O God. The revelations of your Spirit humble and disquiet us. In wisdom you have dismissed every excuse we’ve given for separation from one another and from Creation. May our hymns bring about an awareness that we share one breath. May our prayers attune our hearts and minds to be of the same accord. May this meal remind us that we share one love.

To you, O LORD, we lift our hearts.
Be mindful of your mercy and be faithful to your love.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.


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