Gracious God, who calls us from our various tasks to look to you, we ask for your presence with all those who gather in meetings today.
Bless us as we enter, as we greet and as we begin our work.
Give us a generous spirit towards those we have difficulties.
Let this be the meeting where we are able to see and hear and know them as your vehicles of grace.
Let this be the meeting where we hold our tongues and thoughts so that others may shine.
Let this be the meeting where we see ourselves as part of a greater challenge and rise to meet the needs presented with our response of love and wisdom.
Grant us, we pray, that the time we spend together be a blessing to the group and a way of honoring you.
In Christ's name, we pray. Amen