Loving God, Compassionate God—
We gathered to do the work of the church which we believe is your work.
We were sincere, hopeful, uncertain, and anxious.
We were eager to see old friends and anticipated making new ones.
We hoped to worship together as your people.
But, O God, it is really hard to work with other people sometimes.
We feel unheard, misunderstood, dismissed by others who also feel unheard, misunderstood, dismissed.
We are hurt, angry, and flirting with bitterness.
We are exhausted: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And we wonder: why I am working so hard to do the work of the church?
So, Loving God, restore us.
Restore our energy.
Restore our hope.
Restore our desire to create your kin-dom here on earth.
And, Compassionate God, help us to release our bitterness and in our releasing, receive your lovingkindness.
Help us to release our hurt and in our releasing, receive your comforting presence.
As we reflect on the meetings, gives us eyes to see and ears to hear what needs to be seen and heard.
Finally, O God, let us see where you were present and moving in the gathering.
Most of all, as always, reveal to us your loving face in all and throughout all of our life and in the lives of others.
We praise and bless your holy name. Amen.