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Submitted by Rev. Steven D. Martin, United Methodist Clergy, Director of Communications and Development, National Council of Churches

Most gracious God, we come to you with mixed emotions today.  While we are relieved that many are able to return to activities and gatherings that they love, we mourn the loss of nearly 100,000 precious lives to COVID-19.  While many are returning to worship services today, many are not because of the danger of contracting this disease. 
For those of us who live lives of privilege, breathe Your Spirit into us and show us what the poor already know, that each day is a gift from You and You alone.  For those of us who live on the razor’s edge each day, give us life and hope during this most uncertain of times.  

Be with us as we come together tonight to worship you and mourn the loss of so many lives during this pandemic.  It is in your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.