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Almighty God, 

On this Holy Thursday, we ask for your forgiveness especially when we’ve acted like the disciples of old, letting pride for placement and lust for power to slip into our lives. Forgive us when we’ve betrayed you or sold our faith for more or less than 30 pieces of silver. 

Help us to see the bread broken for our wholeness, again. Help us to see the wine shed for our forgiveness, again. Help us today to follow your example of humility and service. May we grab the towel instead of reaching for a title.  

Gather us at the table again.  

Empower us to live as people who serve, give and love. Guide us to be the kind of disciples who stay awake even in dark and troubling times. Strengthen us to “ steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (I Corinthians 15: 58 NSRVue) Amen

-Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal Church