|The pulpit at Ward Chapel AME Church, Florissant, MO.|
Lord God Almighty, we rise eager to hear your saving Word and give thanks and remembrance at your altar for your goodness and mercy.
Let us turn to Christ, who sustains us body and soul with every breath, and satisfies our spirits with his lifegiving gospel.
Let us put aside malice, envy, and fear, and embody the healing compassion of Jesus in all we do.
Let us rest in the embrace of the Holy One, drawn together to be one people, united in love, justice, and peace.
O God, you have placed in our care the weak and oppressed: may we show forth your mercy, and honor the dignity of all people. Extend your healing hands over all who call upon You in need, especially to those we remember before You, we pray.