Holy One,
of Invitation,
O God who calls us by name,
We come before you this morning in awe,
trying to comprehend
that You know us.
You know everything about us,
the ways in which we shine,
the infinite possibilities on how we can be all we have been created to be.
You know everything about us,
the ways in which we falter,
the infinite opportunities we have to turn away from the very best of who we are,
becoming petty and hurtful.
You know everything about us,
and yet, in spite of and because of,
You invite us to Come and See what can happen when we trust you.
You call us by Name, in the middle of the quiet of the night, and in the middle of the busyness of our lives.
You call us to rearrange our lives,
to choose justice over security,
to have hope instead of giving in to fear,
to be courageous in love and in mercy beyond the arrogance of misunderstood power.

May we listen for our names in the middle of the quiet and the chaos,
May we get up and throw off what holds us back to move towards your adventure,
May we come and see the Promise of your unshakeable glory and good news,
Make of us followers of All of who You are,
Love incarnate,
Love incessant,
Love infinite.

In the name of all that is holy,
Amen.


The Rev. Karla Miller is Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA.


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