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To settle into prayer, take three deep breaths.

Loving and compassionate God, we give you thanks for graciously sending your Son Jesus to live among us and to bear our sins on the cross.  We give you thanks that you have raised Christ from the dead and that, baptized in Christ, we too will be raised from the dead.  Be with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoons there, and move in our hearts that we might reach out to those in need as you have reached out to us in our needs.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer and/or the Doxology:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God you creatures here below.
Praise God above, you heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.