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As you prepare for prayer, settle in with three deep breaths.

Watching or listening to the news, it would be easy to feel as if there is nothing good going on in the world – assassination plots, flooding, wars, oil spills, etc.  But today we read that we we are “imitate what is good.”  Even in the face of bad news, we are called to follow God and to be bearers of hope and good news.  Jesus, our brother, our friend, our Savior, help us to bear your good news to all those who long to hear a word of hope in a weary world.  In your name we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, savoring each line.