These were used at the joint worship service at Monroe Congregational Church.
Prayer before the Sermon
Holy God – in this precious hour, we pause and gather to hear your word– to do so, we break from our work responsibilities and from our play fantasies; we move from our fears that overwhelm and from our ambitions that are too strong, Free us in these moments from every distraction, that we may focus to listen, that we may hear, that we may change. Amen
--Walter Brueggemann From Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
Life is short, and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us, so be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son & Holy Spirit, be with you now and remain with you always. Amen.
--Henri-Frederic Amiel, (1821-1881)