We gather this morning in Your presence:
Those of us who come here often
and those who have not been for a long time.
Those who are full of faith
and those who don’t know what we believe.
Those who can hardly keep from singing,
and those who can barely face the day.
We gather because You have called us,
because You love us, because You are our God.
We gather, not because we are good or pure or holy,
but because of our need.
We gather, knowing that again and again
we have failed to live as You would have us live,
that we have not loved one another,
that we have not loved Your creation,
that we have not loved You,
that we have not loved ourselves.
Forgive us, God,
and renew us to be Your people.
Make us one,
and reassure us in our true identity
as children of the One who is above all things.
For we pray this in the name of Jesus Christ,
Our faithful and forgiving friend