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As you begin, take time to center yourself, perhaps using the Jesus Prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”).

“Lord, you know everyone’s heart.”  We say this, but sometimes we are tempted to make our own decisions rather than listening to your Holy Spirit’s guidance.  Help us to listen intently to what you are calling us to do and to trust in your leading, even if it may seem foolish or radical to us at the time.  In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN.

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