Almighty God, great above all gods,
in your hands are all the nations of the earth,
and none is beyond the reach of your authority, nor of your grace.
Look with compassion upon your people here, we pray,
that we may learn to live peaceably with one another;
that we may learn even to love one another;
that we may be delivered from temptation,
from powers and principalities;
that we may be guided by your wisdom,
humbled by your mercy;
fastening our wills to your cross,
that most base and beautiful, bewildering symbol of our salvation.
For the sake of your glory
and the coming of your kingdom we pray.
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