Our Congregation's Discernment Prayer During the Parish Retreat
Take Lord, and receive, all that we are and all that we have and possess as a congregation. Saint Francis Church returns it all to you. Give us only your love and your grace that is all we need, your love and your grace. Then unencumbered and detached, we pray dear Lord, that your Spirit may guide us in the way you would have us be your disciples. Let us know the way we are to share in carrying your cross and participating in your mission of resurrection. If it be your will dear Lord, let us be your disciples who lead others through death into your promise of resurrection. Lead us out of our hidden life as a congregation and into public ministry through mission that leads ourselves and others to experience your resurrection. Amen.
Adapted from a prayer by Ignatius of Loyola,
written in the 1500’s