Gathering in mercy’s name

E Te Atua, he nui tou atawhai,
God of great mercy:
e whakamoemiti ana,
we thank you for this moment of grace
as we meet in your name,
to hear again the prophet’s call
to be your whānau
and to mirror your love
for people everywhere.

Inspire us to be visionaries;
let us reach out to the margins
where lives are transformed by aroha,
broken hearts are healed,
and your Spirit gives new sight.

May the gifts we share
in this meeting of minds and heart
bring hohourongo and healing to ourselves
and to those whose lives we touch,
in mercy’s name. Amen

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