The following prayer of invocation comes from the United Church of Christ. Come to this sanctuary, this house, this home, Holy Christ, And let us receive you with lavish welcome. You are the Restorer of our fortunes, The Promise of new life – We pour out our praise to you. Fill this room with your Spirit: The sound of wind, the warmth of flame, the scent of perfume And fill our hearts with your compassion, Not just in this time and place, But in all times and in all places, So that as we celebrate the great things you have done for us, We may also embody the love you give to all. Amen.