To be named your people, O God, and to receive in our baptisms your Holy Spirit, these are unsurpassable gifts. And so today we acknowledge them. We celebrate the assurances of your steadfast care for us, and your unchanging claims upon us as your children. We find, in our brothers and sisters, reasons to claim pride of family, even when our differences may seem to divide us.
We pray for your whole family, today, wherever it is facing hardship. We pray for your children, our brothers and sisters, who face violence and war. We pray for our brothers and sisters who are ill or lonely, downhearted or distressed, poor or deprived of the riches we enjoy. Let our pride in being claimed as your people enable us to reach out graciously and generously to others you love. Let us stand up for them and with them.
We do confess that we may still search misguidedly for other identities for ourselves, that we feel will better suit us, than the identity you grant, God. We strive for our own success, assuming it will have
If ever we forget the momentousness of belonging to you, help us to recall the indelible mark we wear upon our foreheads. As if still dripping with the waters of baptism, let us feel upon us the sign of our covenant of grace with you. We trust by this sign, that wherever we go and whatever we do,
Today we pray in his memory, using his own words when we say together now … Lord’s Prayer.