O God,
you have bound us together
and called us to be your church. 

We give you thanks for Rendez-vous,
and the many people who created this space.
We hold it as sacred.

We thank you for your presence,
for the deeper knowledge we have gained of you
and of one another because we have journeyed together.

As we leave this space,
may we be empowered to be our best selves,
may we be richly blessed by your love,
and may we be forever guided by your presence.
Amen.

—a prayer by Alydia Smith in thanksgiving for the Rendez-vous gathering of United Church youth, young adults, and their leaders