Oh God, our refuge,
We give thanks to You
For Your protection and blessing
Over our land and our people.
You have been our bulwark,
Our shelter and hope.
Let the nations look and marvel
At Your lovingkindness.
You have been patient at every turn,
So, we accept and affirm Your loving correction.
Let our hearts be heavy for the suffering
Among our people—fill us with compassion.
May our hearts break
For the sins we have committed.
Against You we have committed them,
And we repent with contrite hearts.
We stand on Your grace,
In You alone we trust.
Help us to return once more
To Truth, to what is good, to Love.
Restore Your church in America!
Help us as Your bride,
To await Your coming with great expectation—
With great joy and peace. Help us be ready!
We are not.
We have become distracted
With the things of this world.
Help, Lord. Help!
For You reign from eternity to eternity;
How great are Your ways;
How unscrupulous and awesome!
Help us to see—open the eyes of our hearts and spirits.
Help us be light in all that we do,
Help us love You above all,
And help us to love each other more and more
So the world may know we are Yours.
In Christ, we pray these things,