We are people of the way.
We have been called to travel in new directions and in new ways.
Today, we will leave the paths that have brought us here,
to explore new ways of doing the work of our beloved church.

We give thanks for the way stretched out in front of us,
and all of the challenges, fears, and possibilities it brings.

We give thanks for the way that lies behind us;
it has faithfully led us this far.

We give thanks for the new ways that will emerge.
And may we continually follow in the way that you are leading.
Amen

—a prayer by Alydia Smith offered as United Church youth, young adults, and leaders return home from the Rendez-vous gathering in Montreal