One: God of many names and faces, we have come together for a little while; some to worship, some to lay down burdens, some to find a moment of rest.
Many: Emmanuel, God-with-us, we come with all our differences; seeking common ground, and respite from our cares.
One: God who walks with us, we have come on journeys of our own, to a place where journeys meet.
Many: Here, in this place, let us take time to enjoy our togetherness; for when paths cross and pilgrims gather, there is much to share and celebrate.
All: In the name of the Holy One, our Guide and Companion, Amen.