O God, as a hen gathers her brood under her wing, so you have gathered us all here. As the father runs to welcome the prodigal home, you too have eagerly opened your arms to welcome us into this holy space. As your assembled people, help us to welcome you into our hearts. Teach us to open ourselves to receive your word, your call, and your love. Make us bold to worship and serve you, now and always. Amen.
submitted by Rev. Betsy Turner, Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Hayston, GA