you stretched wide your arms on the cross
to embrace all creation: hear our prayer.
We lay our thanksgivings before you:
you bear us up in your saving love.
Strengthen us to be one in heart and mind, Lord Christ,
united by your sacrifice for our salvation.
Help us to take up our cross, O Holy One,
and serve each other in joy and humility.
Reconcile us to God and each other
that we open ourselves to your life-giving Spirit.
Redeemed, restored, and reconciled
we give thanks to You, O God,
whose love never fails.
Tenderly draw us within your embrace, Almighty One,
especially those whose needs we lay before You.