Bless this church this day, O God. Inspire all worship. Meet each person. Empower each word. Inspire each prayer. Lift each song. Open each ear. Fill each heart. Feed each person.
Bless this church this day, O God. Inspire all greetings. Welcome each visitor. Comfort each weeper. Share with each rejoicer. Parent each child. Accompany the lonely. Include each person.
Bless this church this day, O God. Inspire all conversation. Direct each bit of business. Guide each person in talking–and listening. Hand out empathy (if not solutions!) Temper each temper. Soften each word. Warm each heart.
This church thanks you this day–and every day. Amen.
Photo by Barb Hedges-Goettl of the worshiping congregation of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Clifton Heights, PA, present on July 14, 2019.