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As you begin, take three deep breaths to settle in.

As you broke down the walls between Cornelius and Peter, break down the barriers that we put between one another.  Stretch us.  Challenge us.  Push us.  Empower us to reach out to those who are unlike us, to those you long for us to make contact with.  May we listen with open hearts and minds to hear whom you would like us to get to know better in the coming weeks.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

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