O God, ever flowing with mercy and compassion, you come to lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ. Keep our hearts and minds centered on your loving care and how to share your love with others. In the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.