Opening Prayer

Open a bible; light a candle beside it. Place family photos nearby.

LEADER: Life-giving God, who live three in one love, you call us beyond our present reach and beyond our present fears.

ALL: You call us beyond defining ourselves by status or the roles we fill.

LEADER: You call us to define ourselves by the loving community we build among us.

ALL: We come to hear and live your Word. Amen.