When you come home here,
May all the weight of the world
Fall from your shoulders.
May your heart be tranquil here.
May this church be a blessed place,
Where the graces your soul desires
Always be offered in love.
May this church be a safe place,
Full of understanding and acceptance,
Where you can be as you are,
Without need of any mask of pretense or image.
May this church be a place of discovery,
Where the possibilities that sleep
In the clay of your soul emerge
To deepen and refine your vision
For all that is yet to come to birth in you.
May this be a community of courage,
Where healing and growth are encouraged,
Where dignity and forgiveness prevail;
A community where patience of spirit is prized,
And the sight of our destination is never lost.
May there be great delight in our coming together
And deep connection even when we are apart.
May this be a home of welcome
For all who walk through our doors.
May we have the eyes to see
That everyone arrives with a gift
And leaves with a blessing.
Inspired by To Bless the Space between Us
by John O’Donohue