11  December  2016

Let us prefer your presence, O God, to all other company. Let us exalt your name, O Lord, above all other names and let us love your will, O God, beyond all other desires; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

 

Gracious God, known and encountered in broken bread,
grant us the openness to see you in our broken humanity,
the courage to share that common humanity
and the contentment to find in you all we need.

Gracious God, who knew and experienced flight from terror,
grant us the compassion to see and hear you in the faces and cries of refugees,
the willingness to be their voice and to plead their cause,
and the strength to work for justice and peace from sunrise to sunset.

Gracious God, provider of this good and bountiful world,
grant us the wisdom to see it as yours and not ours,
the faith to share it with a generosity of spirit
and the humility of heart to acknowledge it as your good gift to all.

Gracious God, grant us compassion, melt our cold hearts,
give us tears of empathy and sorrow, fan within us your love
so that we may experience the freedom to share your passion,
in your ways, to your praise and glory. Amen.

Peter Barber, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District Chair

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