Week of June 19, 2016

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The prayer below comes from a monthly Stewardship Newsletter that I receive.  After the tragedy in Orlando last week, it reminded me who we are called to be and gave me hope.

Lord Jesus Christ,

You came to bring peace and

offer reconciliation.

You sent your Spirit to heal the separation

between people,

and to reveal how it is possible for women

and men

to overcome their differences

and celebrate their unity

through your body and blood.

You revealed your Father

as the Father of all people;

a Father who cares for every single

individual

and embraces them with love

and mercy.

 

It is that love and mercy, made manifest

by your cross,

that shines your light on us all, creates

new life,

offers a new way of living, and brings a

Gospel message

that is a sign of hope.

 

Give us the courage to live your

Gospel fully

even when it brings risk,

to share your word vibrantly even if it

leads to scorn,

and to respond to others generously

even when we feel like holding back.

Show us the way to live as good stewards

of your presence among us, and in doing so,

may we shine your light on a darkened world.

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