Loving and holy God, when you set a task before us, you do not leave us to labor alone. Thank you for the presence and power of your Holy Spirit who empowers us and enables us to persevere in the face of challenge. Give us steadfast hearts and minds towards the day ahead, surround us with your love and help us to be forces for love in all that we do. Remind us God that you love both the outcast and the one doing the casting out. It is a mystery we cannot fathom, yet as we follow in Christ's footsteps we seek to spread your love, inclusion and justice to all. May it be so. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Galatians 6:9-10
- Monday: Romans 5:3-5
- Tuesday: James 1:2-5
- Wednesday: Hebrews 12:1-2
- Thursday: Isaiah 40:26-31
- Friday: Philippians 4:4-9
- Saturday: Colossians 3:12-15
For all God’s people, that we may have the courage to resist. For the Church, that we may resist the temptation to settle for easy answers to hard questions. For our LGBTQIA+ siblings that they may draw strength from the willingness or all God’s people to stand together to resist the forces of exclusion and know here and now the love of Christ.
May God give you justice and freedom; may Christ Jesus set you free to love; and may the Holy Spirit go where you go and protect you on your way. Amen.*
* From http://www.orderofstanthony.com/blessings-benedictions - Proper 25 | Year A Paul Paino, October 30, 2017.