Holy One of Israel,
It is the tenderness and urgency of Your voice
that bring us to this time and place of worship.
When we are thirsty,
You guide us to refreshing waters;
when we are hungry,
You feed our deepest needs;
when the cupboard is bare and the pocket is empty,
You fill up our stores that we may face the future.
Your promise is of an everlasting covenant of love
that taps at the barriers of hurt and harm
we cause or feel.
in the darkness of our hearts
and the jealousy of our thoughts
we cross the line of passion and care for people and the world
and scar with word and thought and action.
We would rather tear down than build up,
and so we unsettle the vulnerable and powerless.
Move us from our impatience and judgement,
and lead us to Your grace
that shows patience and trust
in the activity of living.
help us to live as those who are transformed by repentance,
that our lives may glow
with the presence of Christ.