God of Peace-

In this season of stress, we seek your comfort. In this week of heightened emotions, we look for you to soothe our spirits.

Give us the energy needed to endure any challenges this week. Pacify our anxious souls as we care for our congregants and ensure that our worship services engage all in our pews and the ones watching on screens. Help us find the miracle of grace in the next few days as we offer the message of God’s Good News near and far.

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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