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As you begin, take three deep breaths to center yourself.

Search our hearts, O God, and look upon your children with mercy.  May we too search our hearts and by the leading of your Holy Spirit turn again toward you and your ways.  In seeking to follow you and to see ourselves through your eyes, may we be slow to judge others and quick to listen and try to understand them.  In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN.

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