Holy One,
We thank you for the many mysteries and beauties of this day –IMG_0676
for bodies in movement, for hands at work, for hearts that love.
We thank you for the opportunity, the challenge, and the joy of
gathering as your people.

We acknowledge that too often we notice only what our bodies cannot do, and fail to celebrate what they can. We confess that our hands don’t always do your work. We notice that our hearts are not always open to the love that flows so freely from you and we despair at our failure to love our neighbors and creation.

Be with us, we pray. We ask for healing – for our ourselves and for all who are infirm or trapped in cycles of violence or addiction. We pray for courage and strength to do the work you have placed before us. Grant us the certainty that we ever immersed in your compassionate mercy, that we might go from here and be your lovers in the world.

In your name we pray,
Amen.

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Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at Vancouver United Church of Christ in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.


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