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Prayer of Dedication based on Psalm 126

based on Psalm 126:5-6

Faithful God,
let these gifts we present to you today
become seeds of your new creation:
planted in the needs of the world you love;
watered by tears and hope;
fed and strengthened by the glow of Christ’s resurrection;
gathered home with joy and singing. Amen.

submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA

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