“For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.”
God of all creation, your children are spread across every corner of the earth. We speak different languages, wear different clothing, eat different food and live in different dwellings. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, grandmothers, colleagues, and friends. We are as unique as our thumbprints with different opinions and beliefs and ways of living, but we are also one. We are united as brothers and sisters in Christ who are bound together by your infinite love.
In this time of uncertainty and discernment, we pray that your Spirit would guide us. We pray that it would stir our hearts to remember our baptisms in you. We pray that as we take the sacrament of Holy Communion the words of the liturgy will seep deep within us and take hold of us and that through your Spirit we will be become one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world. We know that you are a God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and we pray that we may seek to be the same. We pray that before we speak we will listen, before we act we will think, and before we judge we will seek understanding.
In whatever change may come, O God, we pray that we will look first to you. That we will lean on the knowledge that you are a God who provides and that in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty of life, you are constant. Your presence is unwavering day after day. May we seek you in all that we are and all that we do. Amen.
My heart in your heart (inhale)
Your heart in my heart(exhale)
Our hearts Together (inhale)
Christ is strong (exhale)
**Prepared by Rev. Grace Guyton, Deacon, South Georgia Conference