Opening Prayer: Joel 2: 28

Here’s a unison prayer of invocation inspired by Joel 2:28 / Acts 2:17).  It was written by Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott.

Prayer of Invocation
(inspired by Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17)

Move among us, Spirit,
and gather us together with you. 
Take our many selves—
our lives, our loves, our ideas,
our questions, our speech, our silence—
and unite us as your people. 
Give us the gifts of perception and understanding,
so that even as we dream your dreams and see your visions,
we may be able to witness to your presence
in our common life.  Amen.

~ from Come, Let Us Build, written by Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott. Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways Archive.