Almighty God,
we are not a patient people.
We are a doing people.
Waiting is not our forte.
We are tired of waiting for healing.
We are tired of waiting for justice.
We are tired of waiting for unity.
We are tired of waiting for peace.
We are tired of waiting for change.

Discomfort and ambiguity weary us.
Where there is a void, O God,
we are eager to fill it.
Like Peter, we are quick to make assumptions
about what needs to be done
and to lay out criteria according to our own sense
of righteousness,
often assuming roles that are not necessarily ours
to take.

Looking around,
we see numerous opportunities for action …
voids that need to be filled …
things we could do to fill our waiting time
until you fill your promise to come among us again
and right the wrongs that have been committed
in your name.

Teach us patience in prayer, Lord.
Open our ears to listen.
Help us to wait with expectation
until such time as you make yourself known
in and among us
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Come, Redeemer, come,
and work through the messiness of our human egos
to accomplish your will and your way
in a world that longs for new life.

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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