God of peace and love,
Bring to us a new awareness of your kingdom at work in the world.
Grant that we may see and understand the small and unassuming things, which take patience and attention to notice:
Yeast in bread
Treasure buried in a field
A net cast into water
A baby lying in a manger.
We acknowledge that we mostly miss the signs when they are not flashy or earth-shaking,
But that your kingdom is all around us.
We acknowledge that Christ came to exhibit neither wealth nor political power,
But self-sacrificing love.
We acknowledge that the progress of the good work we do may be imperceptible to us,
And that our success is in our obedience to you.
We welcome your kingdom, in the world and in our hearts.
We seek your kingdom, trusting that we will find it.
We anticipate your kingdom,
Working toward peace
Providing for the poor
Healing the sick
Loving our enemies.
We trust in your love to provide for us in our seeking.
Whether your spirit comes to us as a wind or a whisper,
May we know your presence and be useful in your kingdom work.