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invocation: God of the cross

God of the Cross, be with us now as we begin again the Lenten journey.
In this time of worship, and in the days ahead,
strip us of our attachments and addictions,
that we might bare our souls to you;
render us deaf and blind to the distractions of want,
that we might hear and see only the demands of the Gospel;
and break through our spiritual blockades,
that we might be assailed by your relentless love.
We pray in the name of the self-giving, self-sacrificing Christ.  Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Daniel Mayes, First Christian Church, Spencer, IA.

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