Almighty and Loving God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, together in your loving initiative and purposes in this world.
Give us the grace and power of the risen Christ to believe that through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. Lift our hearts and minds beyond our selfish preoccupations to see the need of people throughout this world, both near and far away.
We claim your grace and your call upon our lives:
that you have anointed us, to follow Jesus, to proclaim good news to the poor,
that you have sent us to proclaim freedom to people in all kinds of prisons and bondages,
that you have sent us to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed and the year of the Lord’s favor and goodness to all.
Grant, most gracious God, that we will open our eyes to see the plight of the poor and oppressed, to open our hearts and hands to their need, to open our minds to be transformed in our living lives that reflect your love toward them and all people. We pray that we might not be simply proclaiming in word, but that today, and every day, the scriptures will be fulfilled as we live the risen life of Christ and reflect his glory in the world.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.