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“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

Psalm 30:5b NRSV


Holy God, we have taken so much for granted: eating in restaurants, going to spin class, visiting friends, hugging grandchildren, gathering for the holidays, singing in the sanctuary, traveling overseas or even to another state, living on campus, shaking hands, our own health and the health of those we count on. How surprising that even in the midst of so much personal loss we sometimes still find ourselves feeling ungrateful for what we have. Wake us up to the gift of each day: birdsong greeting the dawn, the smell of brewing coffee, children stirring, the chill morning air. Even in the midst of grief, loss, and exhaustion, new life is always possible. And for that we are grateful. Amen.

– Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman, Transitional Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of Granby

We call on you now to join us in “40 Days of Prayer to Transform: A Journey to Newness.”  Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners will join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.