|Detail from a window, Emmanuel Church, Webster Groves, Missouri.|
who holds our time in your hand,
we lift our hearts before You,
a simple offering of love and praise.
We humbly confess our sins,
the blindness we cultivate in the face of want,
the care of each other we daily evade.
Give us the will to walk in love as Jesus taught us;
to open our hearts to the oppressed and suffering.
In the name of Jesus we ask forgiveness and reconciliation;
may we amend our ways in faithfulness and hope.
Plant us firmly within the bounds of your mercy, O God,
that we may witness to your love in all our ways.
May we feel the warmth of your Holy Spirit
embracing us and guiding us this day.
Blessed Redeemer, guard us, guide us,
and gather into your peace those we now name.