God of many names and mystery beyond all our naming,
Persist in guiding us to a quiet measure of this moment,
That we might link heart to heart in the stillness and calm,
Leaving behind all scurrying and fury, rush and contempt
For the shore of this quiet moment.
We who gather together today
Coming from many corners of the land
Join in breath over breath
So that we might hold the suffering and care for the mourning
And celebrate with the joyful.
Today we pray over those in our midst who struggle
And appreciate those who have enough spirit to give today
We pray in the names of all those known and unknown, present and absent, remembered and forgotten.
We pray in the names of all helpers of humankind.