As I prepare to wrap up my last day with the College of Regional Ministers’ Stewardship Event and to fly home from Kansas City, I am reminded of what wondrous things God has done with generous people from around our Regional Church.         —David Chafin

All-giving and All-loving God, your abundant love shines through all of creation.  In and through the people of West Virginia and Western Maryland, you have blessed our world with faithful examples of gracious hospitality, tenacious love, and transformative generosity. 

May we never take for granted the goodness of your created world, and of each of your creatures – especially one another.  Open our hearts to hear each other’s stories of fear and joy, of tragedy and triumph, of death and life; and in hearing them, may we be turned toward you and shaped as better stewards of all that your hands have made. 

Let us marvel at the wonder of your work, and at the mystery of your grace which calls us toward new horizons of gospel hope in the voices of those who most need to view it with us. 

Through our self-giving, may your reign of peace and justice be known on your earth; this we pray in Christ’s name and in his spirit.  Amen.