At last, we’ve reached the stage in which we find ourselves gathered, as it were, with the heavenly host, and are ready to allow the Word to speak itself into our midst.
Pray, with outstretched hands, if you like:
Have pity on us, God our Saviour. Grant us grace and courage to cast off our sins and turn to you for healing. Show us in Christ the sure path of salvation and strengthen us to follow gladly in the way of the gospel. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.