In the beginning, O Lord,
you created heaven and earth;
you have promised to bring forth
a new heaven and a new earth
at the end of time.
Grant therefore to all of your people
a firm conviction of your goodness and
a zeal to participate fully in whatever you intend for us,
that we may be effective witnesses to the world
in both word and deed,
a people who steadfastly proclaim your love;
through Christ our risen Savior. Amen.
from This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer by Laurence Hull Stookey