MC Conference 2022 Opening Worship
Written by Carol West, Cowlitz Valley Pastor Team Member
We quiet our minds in this moment to let go of concerns, worries, stresses, pains and agendas.
We seek Your wisdom and courage to see what you have laid before us as congregations, as Community of Christ, but also as disciples.
As we begin to see this path more clearly, we continue to seek Your wisdom and courage to change what needs to be changed.
Lord, we gather in Your name as disciples, grateful for Your abundant love and tender nudges. Yet in our humanness, sometimes You feel so distant, and the path is often tumultuous.
Forgive us when our eyes are closed to You; for in the messy details of life, Your outstretched hand is sometimes missed.
Remind us of Your unconditional love that awaits and that nothing can separate us from Your love.
Help us accept that Your love and power can flow through us when we increase our awareness of Your presence in our lives.
As we begin to open our souls to Your presence, help us be conduits of Your love and peace as we use our God-given gifts and talents to the fullness of Your intent.
When we feel Your gentle nudges on our daily journey, may we lovingly represent Your welcoming community where there is a place at Your table for everyone.
Work in us, Lord, that we can truly love You and others. May the footsteps ahead be pleasing to You. Amen.