“Gracious God, we come before you today with humility and gratitude. We thank you for this day and for every glimpse of your glory we might find in it. In the smiles of strangers, the blessing of a child’s laughter, the touch of a loved one…you are there, and we give thanks.
God, set our hearts, minds, and spirits upon you this day. Help us to see Christ in others and to be Christ for others.
As the meeting of General Council approaches, we pray for all who are preparing and planning for the meeting. For those who are making their way through the lengthy reading requirements, for those who are organizing everything from transportation to food to accommodation, and more…we pray. For all who will facilitate table groups, the stewards, the tech people, those planning worship and music… God, there are so many things to be done! Today we hold in prayer all who will come together next month to do the work of our United Church of Canada.
Bless, hold, and keep us all in your astounding grace, for we pray as we live, in the name of Jesus. Amen.”