Eternal Source of Unconditional Love,
hear our prayers for those who are on the outside,
for those who long to experience belonging,
for those who ache for community,
for those whose hearts are shattered
and whose spirits are broken.
Make of your church a welcoming space,
a community of grace,
a place of deep relationship,
where all may enter in.
Spirit of the Living God,
move among those who are relegated
to submissive roles
as well as those who claim positions of power,
that the first may be last
and the last may be first
and all may gather at the Table
with greater appreciation for the gifts that each one brings.
Risen Redeemer, Savior, Friend,
resurrect in us hearts that are open
and love that is full.
Claimed in baptism as heirs of the promise,
fill us to overflowing with the grace that has enveloped us,
so that all around us may experience your amazing
and extravagant grace in and through your Body
at work in the world:
those who are hurting,
those who are grieving,
those who are anxious,
those who are fearful,
those who are lonely,
those who are addicted, and
those who are marginalized.
Help us to live as children of the light,
building bridges to span the divides we constructed between us,
opening wide the circle in gracious hospitality,
and breathing hope into dark places.