Lord God in heaven, you have brought us out of bondage and captivity into Your marvelous light, into Your kingdom, and sometimes it is like a dream to us. We are so amazed and overwhelmed by your grace. Other times we are unimpressed and bored with Your majesty, and we pray You would keep us from such callousness now. Fill our mouths with laughter and our tongues with singing. You have done great things for us, and we are glad. Many of us are sowing tears these days, as You place trials and difficulties in our path, by Your good providence. We continually go forth weeping. Yet you O Lord know how to turn grieving into dancing. You have done it many times before. You have done it in Your Son’s death, then resurrection. So we praise You for turning our present weeping and laboring into future joy and fruitfulness. Thank you for the fruit of souls coming to you day by day, empowered by Your Spirit’s work. Thank you for sending Him to us to fuel the expansion of Your Son’s kingdom.
We come to you through Your risen Son Jesus Christ, by the power of Your Holy Spirit who lives and reigns with You, one God without beginning or end. Amen.