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Before beginning, take three deep breaths.

God in three persons, you have made us for relationship with you and with each other.  It is in community and in sharing our lives, particularly our faith, that our joy is made complete.  Send people with whom we can share our stories, and from whom we can learn and grow.  May we be open and vulnerable with one another that we might grow in love.  In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, pausing briefly between each word.