We are grateful, healing, supportive God, that you hear the cries of our heart and are with us. You send people to come alongside us to sing songs of lament to help us express our grief so you can turn our mourning into joy. Thank you that in our deepest, darkest sorrow, you provide community to surround us in love. Thank you that the joy of the Lord makes us strong.
We gather together at your Beautiful Gate in worship and celebration. We are your Holy Priesthood from different walks of life and callings. We bring our gifts today and share them before you. These gifts are our sacrifice. We set aside our own agendas and devote ourselves to you. At the trumpet call, we all shout for joy and enter the sanctuary of your sacred prayer space. You surround us and hide our own desires from us so all we know is your perfect glory.
You are our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not be moved when the storms and hardships of life press in all around us. Be our strong foundation and lighthouse in the storms. Reassure and guide us. Push back the darkness with your light so we can faithfully journey together and greet each other in a good way along your path.
In your holy sanctuary we meet with you. You clothe us in royal robes. We seek you and hear you ask, “What do you want? What is your request?” Thank you that we, your children, have found favour in your eyes. Thank you for listening to our requests and granting them.
Loving Divine Family,
We stand at the base of your holy mountain, Mighty Yahweh. This is the place where our journey brings us – closer and closer to your presence. You are the wind on our faces, the rain in our hair, the sun that warms us. You are the trees, rocks, grasses, majesty of the sky and the intense mystery of the universe.
Oh LORD of Hosts, All-powerful God, you know us so well and care for every little detail. Thank you for the blessings you have given us so far. Thank you that your words are true and that you fulfill your promises to us. You have been in our midst and in the mess of our lives. You never abandon us. Thank you for the promises of blessings for us, our families, and our communities. With joyful hope we wait for you.