Gracious God, whose word brought forth
all creation's wonders,
stars and atoms, heights and depths,
silences and thunders,
pour your recreative care
on all who your image bear,
tangled in the hurt and pain
we encounter daily.
Word incarnate, Truth and Life,
Love among us dwelling,
teaching healing, reaching out,
human ills dispelling:
give us grace to know your balm,
share your comfort, bring your calm,
to the bodies, minds, and hearts
needing your compassion.
Holy Spirit, wind and flame,
cleansing and renewing,
bringing life and raising hope,
turning prayer to doing:
guard and strengthen, nerve and bless
all in illness and distress,
let your breath give life to those
longing for your presence.
Triune God, from age to age
forming, saving, guiding,
leading farther than we dreamed,
through all years abiding:
keep us faithful, hopeful, true,
every glorifying you;
in our ministry of care
may we be your servants.