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God of all creation,

we offer You our thanksgiving

for a time rich with connections,

among each other and with you.

We thank You for moments

when we have experienced what it is

to be united even in our differences.

Help us to grow

as a listening, discerning, learning people.

Help us to give up patterns and structures

that enslave us and others.

Help us to acknowledge our fear

and lean into Your hope

and Your courage.

Help us to grow in our trust in each other

and in Your Spirit.

Fill us with Your grace and with Your wisdom,

with Your patience and with Your love.

Propel us into Your future,

rooted in the richness of our past. 

In Christ we pray.  Amen.