Eternal Spirit, of LovingJustice and Healing Community, known in many traditions, it is in deepest thanksgiving we come today. Thank you for this day, and thank you for the lives who have come to celebrate here today and to commit ourselves on this day to growing healthy lives and communities, especially here in our place of great vulnerability and suffering and despair. Thank you for those who could not be here, but whose vision and dedication have helped us to reach this milestone event for all of our region. May we keep their vision alive and growing. Thank you for those who have worked with their hands and hearts and souls to build this building and open it up so the lives of others may be saved and transformed. May we all treat this space as holy space worthy of the care and attention and respect for which the blood sweat and tears of many in many ways have gone into its creation.
For those who walked this land before us, for those among us whose suffering has called forth the mission of this building, for those who will walk through these doors in pain and in promise, for those who serve, every day doing small acts of justice done with great love, for us and our neighbors right around us in this community of strength and spirit despite its statistics and stereotypes, and for those who will come long after we are gone, we ask blessings of peace and goodwill, of compassion and courage, and always Your Love. Amen.