Beyond Ourselves

Loving God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, we praise you because of your commitment to us. For loving the world so much you sent your Son; for coming into this world and getting your hands dirty with the human race; for being present to us today. For a love that lies beyond our understanding, we want to thank you, and ask that you would make us channels of that love to the world around.


We think of those who suffer beyond the reach of the news headlines, and whom we know of only as statistics. Open our ears, that we may hear your voice in them and respond with compassion.


We think of those whose agony lies beyond the far side of our television screens, for whom our compassion has dried up. Open our eyes that we may see the world you love as it really is, and make us a people who love the world as you do.

We think of those who inhabit cultures beyond our comprehension. Open our hearts that we may be ready to encounter you in the stranger.


We think of those who live beyond the front door of our church and our comfortable community. Open our doors that the Good News of Jesus Christ might flood into this world even through us.