Opening Prayer: Bless Us, We Pray

Here’s an opening prayer of invocation from Rev. Richard J. Fairchild’s Kir-shalom website.

Prayer of Invocation

Loving and Gracious God—Holy one of Israel—
tender one to all who call upon you with repentant and believing hearts:
bless us, we pray, with your presence this day. 
Teach the little ones who have gathered to learn your ways,
inspire those who seek your wisdom, energize those who are exhausted,
comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are weak.
Indeed, O God, fill all of our hearts with your praise
and lead us in holiness and righteousness in this hour
and in the hours to come. 
We ask it in Jesus' name.  Amen.

~ written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.