Heavenly father, we have witnessed many times before that even the tiniest part of your perspective and wisdom is far greater than any of us ever seem to imagine.
Know that it is our desire that your vision become our vision, and that OUR focus be on you and you alone.
Forgive us for the infamous Brooklyn sin of ever thinking that we might know better, and for ever knowing that we think better.
Help us here and now to humbly see beyond what we think we know.
This day is not about Plymouth.
This day is not about Brett.
Help us to see that this day is about you with their help.
Take us now into your hands,
so that we may feel your way,
so that we may think your way,
so that we may truly live and walk your way here at Plymouth and beyond,
just as your son Jesus taught us to do.
For nearly 170 years it has been our privilege and honor to walk with you here at Plymouth and we thank you for guiding us on that journey.
As we enter this new chapter with Brett and Carol, we ask for your guidance that there not be a needy person among us, between us, or around us.
We ask that you reach far back and beyond to bind a new and growing Plymouth together to feel as though it’s “of one heart and soul.”
We ask that we feel now, more than ever, that everything we own is not ours, but yours.
We ask you to help us to live out the Great Grace of which you speak, so that it may enlighten and inspire us to be truly humble stewards of your place, this place, its property, and its people.
We ask your help in showing our greater Brooklyn community, and each of us how to live out this Great Grace such that we may extend it to Brett and Carol with all the love and generosity that they should expect from being a part of your great kingdom…and a sweet place they now call home.
We ask all of this in Jesus’s name.