One: We come as people filled with great expectation.
All: We come filled with hopes and dreams.
One: We come with serious questions.
All: We come with doubts that weigh us down.
One: We long for the heavens to open.
All: We need to hear the voice of God,
One: Whispering our names,
and telling us again,
All: You are Beloved with whom I am well pleased.
Submitted by the Rev. Elsa Peters, the United Churches of Olympia, WA.