Opening Prayer

Open a bible, and light a candle beside it. Have group members each write on a small piece of paper a favorite phrase or saying from scripture that represents words they live by.

LEADER: God’s word is living, sharper than any two-edged sword.

ALL: Let it penetrate to our spirits, our joints, and marrow.

LEADER: Let us pray the Holy Spirit loosens the knots of human affairs.

ALL: And opens our hearts to hear where others are.

LEADER: Let God’s word call us to action.

ALL: To do the impossible through us.