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:

God of the nations,
to your table all are invited
and in your family no one is a stranger.
Satisfy the hunger
of those gathered in this house of prayer,
and mercifully extend to all the peoples on earth
the joy of salvation and faith.
Grant 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.

☞ Now move on to the next section