God, help me to know that everyone in this Council is my brother, sister, and sibling, made in the image of God, infused with the Spirit of God, and filled with the possibilities of God.

Help me penetrate beyond their words to what they are trying to say.

Help me perceive beyond their exterior into their heart and soul.

Help me to travel in the path of their journey and accompany them as they express their ideas.

Eternal God, enter this moment of time and infuse it with a wider vision of what you propose. Amen.

—A prayer by Ivan Gregan, Port Wallis United Church, Dartmouth, NS, from the Gathering Prayer Resource for GC43