One: Holy God, you call us to change our hearts and lives, to return to you.
All: So often we like the way things are,
and we aren’t sure what changing our way
and following you would mean.
One: You promise new life for all,
All: but sometimes we decide who is good and who is bad,
closing off your love for ourselves and others.
One: You call us to seek your heart,
to allow ourselves to be born anew in your Spirit.
All: So often we live in the literal meaning of your words,
rather than letting the spirit of your word live in us.
Come and dwell within us,
and transform us from the inside out. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.