Opening Prayer

Open a bible, light a candle beside it, and place ripe grapes and a bottle of wine or grape juice at the center.

LEADER: We gather to break open the word of God.

ALL: As the ancient prophets heard a word from God necessary in their time —

LEADER: May we hear a word that is needed in ours.

ALL: May the Holy Spirit empower us to live out this message in our lives.

LEADER: We are God’s plantings.

ALL: May we produce good fruit in the vineyard of our world.