"Belonging to God's adopted family" a Call to Worship for Ephesians 1:3-14

O God,
make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out envy, pride, and strife.
Make its threshold smooth enough
to be no stumblingblock to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back evil’s power.
make the door of this house the gateway to your eternal kingdom.

O God, make this family circle wide.
Make this family circle wide enough to welcome all who come; wide enough to see everyone as part of Your huge adopted family; wide enough to love everyone as Christ has loved them.
Make this family circle strong.
Make this family circle strong enough to bear one another’s burdens; strong enough to share in each others struggles; strong enough to resist evil as a community. 
Make this family circle abundant and hospitable.
Make this family circle abundant in love, abundant in charity, and abundant in Christlike humility. Make this family circle hospitable enough to see strangers as angels, that we might let love continue in our community.


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