Here’s an opening invocation inspired by Joel 2: 28-29. It was written by Rev. Christopher Ney.
(inspired by Joel 2: 28-29)
We give you thanks
for all the ways that you bless our lives:
the beauty and abundance of nature,
the love of family and friends,
the joy of knowing you and hearing your word.
Send Your Spirit during this time of worship
so that we might dream your dreams
and see visions of the world as you created it to be.
Guide our thoughts and actions.
Bring us closer to you so that we might do your will
and dwell in your house forever. Amen.
~ written by Rev. Christopher Ney, in Prophecy, Dreams and Visions: Service Prayers for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost. Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/