Spirit of Life, God of Many Names and One Transforming and Abundant Love,
Help us to come together this hour as a community of love, of vision, of hope.
Each of us carries with us a story worth knowing,
A lifetime of dreams and disappointments,
Fears, worries, and new beginnings.
Each burden we carry alone, weighs heavier on our spirit.
Teach us to not shoulder our stories alone;
To deepen our connections with our neighbors,
And their connections with ourselves.
May this religious home be a staging ground,
For the pilgrimage that is our life.
Comfort in times of exhaustion and weariness,
A source of challenge when we become complicit to the ills of the world,
And a warm circle to share our lives together.
Knowing that we will make of our home,
What we share with it.