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As you begin, take time center yourself.

Holy One, in the midst of holiday stress, fill our mouths with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy!  May we remember your promises and feel the joy of hearing of your love for us again as if for the first time.  Turn sorrow into joy, weeping into laughter, and lament into songs of praise.  In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN.

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