we lay our hearts before You
and seek to follow in your ways:
hear our prayer.
Preserve us, O Loving One;
in your unending mercy strengthen us
that we may pass upright and blameless before all.
Place our feet firmly on the path of peace, Lord Jesus,
and turn us away from the embrace of war and strife.
Guide us in seeking wisdom,
that we may draw deeply
from the waters of compassion and hope.
Help us to work for the healing of the world,
and the sustaining of our common life in love.
Spirit of the Living God,
fill us with the light of faith,
and uphold those whose needs we remember.