as we begin this essential work of renewing and restoring
the buildings and grounds of our Parish church,
we offer our thanks for the wisdom,
passion and dedication of our leaders,
the faithfulness and generosity of congregations past and present,
the fellowship and hospitality that All Souls’
so abundantly provides
and, most of all, for your abiding presence.
We pray that as we continue the process
of imagining together the future of All Souls’
that we allow your Spirit to move amongst us,
creating vision and enthusiasm,
helping us to see how renewal of our buildings and grounds
can also renew and expand our mission in our Parish.
Help us, we pray, to make All Souls’ a place of sanctuary
not only for our congregation but also for our neighbors;
a place where music and art, preaching and conversation
invite people to come for respite, learning, and awakening;
a place where all are welcome.
Help us Lord to find the courage to do what you ask:
generously to use the gifts we have received
to carry on the work begun generations ago
while embracing the needs of our 21st century community.
May we walk together in love as Christ loved us
and sacrificed himself for us.