Lord Jesus Christ,
As we begin to shift from summer schedules to autumn demands, teach us to recognize you, and help us follow you amidst our busy life.
Open the Scriptures to us that we may know you, see you, hear you – in the voices of friends and family, in the ministries of our parish, in the proclamation of the Word, and in the Breaking of the Bread.
Teach us to be good stewards, that we may use your gifts wisely and care for all those you place in our path.
Encourage us, when we are overwhelmed. Strengthen us, when we are frightened. Challenge our complacency.
Help us make this new season a time of spiritual renewal, hope, and action to proclaim the Gospel in our words and in our deeds.
For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.