Lord, on this day,
you held out your arms to us in love
when you suffered and died on the cross.
Help us to love as you love us,
to see the best in everyone
to forgive those who hurt us.
When life is hard may we know your presence close beside us,
each failure, each hurt an invitation to draw close to you. Amen.
May god strengthen you in his love and fill you with his peace. Amen.