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For this new chapter of my life, Divine Designer, I pray this day-

For my new desk and new pens and new office, I ask for blessings. May these spaces be one in which I can bring peace into the world.

For my new pulpit and new sanctuary and new flock, I give joy. May we share love with one another, with the community, and with the world.

For my new home and new friends, I give gratitude. May my times and places of sabbath be ones of joy.

For all of this, I give thanks, God. Remove my anxiety and allow this to be a season of abundant possibilities.

Amen.

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The Rev. Michelle L. Torigian is the Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois. Her essay “Always a Pastor, Never the Bride” was in the RevGalBlogPals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She also has chapters in the books Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy and A Child Laughs: Prayers for Justice and Hope. Torigian blogs at http://www.michelletorigian.com.

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