L: In this season of crowded stores
and unpacked stress,
P: we will welcome one another
as God has welcomed us.
L: In this time of hurried hellos and curt replies,
P: we will greet one another
with words of hope and peace.
L: In a culture of increasing isolation,
P: we will embrace our sisters and brothers
as God has enfolded us in grace.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies.