God of everlasting love and patience,
as you called the prodigal to return to the family home,
so you call us to return to you.
Thank you for claiming us like a father,
embracing us as your own children,
for loving us with your infinite love.
Help us experience your paternal embrace
and hear your call afresh.
With your Word, move us forward in confidence
ever closer to the path you have set before us.
Empower us to respond to your call
by giving you our hearts and lives. Amen