Blessed Lord Jesus,
We give thanks for your time among us and the gift of your Holy Spirit.
We give thanks that even from the cross you were able to forgive the sins, our sins, which placed you there.
Grant us eyes that see and ears that hear that we might follow your example.
Give us the strength to see our own sins and to atone for them
and the courage to hear your voice when so many other voices seem more inviting.
May we testify, not to our truth, but to your truth by what say and do each passing day.
May the scales fall from our eyes in your baptism as for prophets of old.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.