|Sunrise before Morning Prayer, Church of the Good Shepherd, Towna dn Country, Missouri, March 21, 2016.|
Our faces to the rising sun, our spirits open, we rise to give you thanks and devotion, O Lord our God.
Precious Savior, envelop us in the embrace of your mercy, we pray. We bend the knee of our hearts, asking forgiveness for all our failures to love and live as You have called us to be. May the love of Christ pierce our hearts, shattering our veneer of resistance and pride, healing and freeing us in You, O God.
All that we have and all that we are seeks rest in You, O Holy One: we rejoice that we are brought to new life under your sheltering wing. May we be filled and lifted by the breath of the Spirit, surrendering to joy centered in the love of Christ Jesus. Bless those for whom we pray, O Merciful One, and pour your comfort like a balm over them.