O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.
As we recall terrors past and present, grant that we may remember your response: the way of the cross, the resurrection from the dead, and the sharing of bread. Heal our suffering world, and grant that we may not be marked by evil, but transformed by the power of your redeeming love, in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Isaac Watts, "O God our help in ages past," from The Psalms of David, 1719.
Stephane Jaspert, "Two candles" (1982) after Gerhard Richter, used by permission.