God of Glory,
show us your bright splendor.
Open our eyes to the eternal
all around us.
Shift our attention, we pray,
to the things that are meant to last
as opposed to the things
that will pass,
and help us to focus.

Before the beginning of the world, Lord,
you knew this moment would come.
Before the beginning of the world,
you prepared for it …
you called us to follow …
you taught us to love one another.
Before the beginning of the world, Lord,
you set in place all that is good
and right
and eternal,
and you were ready.

Give us breath, O God.
Breathe new life into our spirits.
Breathe hope and faith and love
into our troubled hearts.
Quell our anxiety while keeping us vigilant
in our call to care for one another.

We long to be the people you have called us to be,
to trust in your wisdom,
to be faithful in prayer,
to follow the example of your son, Jesus.
Wrap us up in your eternal arms, Lord.
Comfort us as only you can,
and redirect us toward the future you set out for us …
a future with promise …
a future with hope …
a future with echoes of the eternal.


Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.


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