Dear Father of the new household you gather in the name of Jesus,
show us how to behave ourselves in a manner that fits your new creation, your kingdom.
When we desire to serve you in the offices of your new community,
we desire a good thing,
but to do so we need to give ourselves to newness of life,
clearly distinct from the behavior of so many in this world.
We need to take the beams from our own eyes
before we try to take the specks from the eyes of others.
You desire to have us well-thought of by outsiders,
but to our shame we have too often disgraced your name and brought shame on your people.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We thank you for the coming of Jesus, your Son.
He was revealed in flesh like ours,
vindicated in Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
and taken up in glory.
Wonderful Savior, glorious Lord!