|An excerpt from the Barmen Declaration of 1934 used by Bishop of Missouri George Wayne Smith at the beginning of his address to the 177th Diocesan Convention.|
Help us to work together in harmony in the work You have given us, and let our deeds bring honor to Your name.
Let us make your Word and commandments our sure foundation, and seek always to forgive rather than condemn.
Let us remember the generous love You have given us, and uphold each other in our trials and needs.
Break the chains of fear and enmity that threaten us, and help us lift up the banner of love and compassion.
Extend the shelter of your mercy over those for whom we pray this day.