as a community of believers.
We Thank You for the energy and the spirit that You renewed in us through the summer months.
We Thank You for the time to enjoy
our family and friends,
and to reflect on
what is important in our lives.
Let this year be marked
by enthusiasm and love, so that, with the inspiration of Your Spirit,
we may continue to grow in our faith. Let us be gentle with ourselves, and bring laughter, joy, and love to others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.