..Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Cor 3:17 NIV

Holy Spirit,
Gentle as a dove,
Create in us
Warm hearts of welcome,
Open arms of and love.

A dwelling place
Of hope and grace,
Where all may find
Love and acceptance,
Freedom and peace.

Freedom to come,
Just as we are,
To listen, to talk,
To express the thoughts
and desires of our heart.

Freedom to comfort,
To care and to serve,
To follow and share
the love of Jesus
here on earth.

Gracious God, we thank You for the love of Jesus that welcomes and receives everyone.  Thank You that You made us in your image for a relationship with You and with each other.  Thank You for friendship, fellowship and community.

Gracious God, we ask You to bless our relationships.  May the light of your love shine on us.  May our branches reach out to offer welcome, light, shade, and peace. May we offer a place of safety and acceptance, where all can grow and spread their wings.

And may “…the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, … guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7 ESV)

Ruth Rushworth