We pray to you, O God…
Overwhelm us with your love, which casts out every fear
If love is how we know you God, remind us this day,
that love is what set the world in motion,
Love is what spoke order into the chaos at creation,
Love is what breathed into the dirt and brought Adam
Love is what inspired Adam to see his partner and cry out
bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.
Let us know the love that brings us life and life abundant
So if love is how we know you, we pray to you, O God…
Overwhelm us with your love which casts our every fear.
If love is how we drive out fear, then we cry to you,
for the fear that leaves people paralyzed in their homes
for the fear in war torn communities and broken families
for the fear of losing life, the fear of rejection
for the fear that tells us we don’t belong
for the fear that makes us selfish.
Drive out our fear and make it clear that your love is stronger even than death.
So if love is how we drive out fear, we pray to you, O God…
Overwhelm us with your love which casts out every fear.
If your love is how we love others, then we ask you this day
to bless us that we might be a blessing to others,
to challenge us that we might grow deeper in your love,
to guide us as we stumble forth as your children,
to lead us as we love boldly in your holy name.
Make us into the bearers of your love.
So if your love is how we love others, we pray to you O God…
Overwhelm us with your love which casts out every fear
And cast us out into our work and into our world with the task
to be your hands, your feet, your love, your people.
We pray in the name of the Beloved who taught us to pray saying…
Submitted by Rev. Lindsay Conrad, First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor MI