pastoral prayer

Loving God, we want to reflect your love to the world around us, caring especially for those who are marginalized, devalued, and invisible. We confess that we get confused when we try to affect change from within ourselves. Remind us that we find our rest, our strength, our mission in you. It is you who blesses us so that we might bless others. Give us a heart that yearns for you, your kingdom on earth, your love that casts out fear, your grace that not only includes us but includes all creation. We confess our deep need for you as we offer ourselves to you in the name of Jesus. Amen